Mytholmroyd Net

Poet inspires town mini museum plan Ted Hughes: subject of mini museum

A MINI museum dedicated to the life and work of Ted Hughes could be on track for Mytholmroyd. Plans for the exhibition centre were unveiled just two months after the idea of a larger museum at the village's train station was temporarily put on the back burner because Yorkshire Forward withdrew a 1 million grant. Eric Alston, of the Elmet Trust, a charitable organisation set up to promote the works of the Mytholmroyd-born poet, said the station museum was still on the agenda.

A formal business plan is being created and once it is finished, the trust will reapply for multi-million pound grants from a variety of sources, including the National Lottery.

But for now the mini centre will be built into one half of a semi-detached house on New Road. It will open in May if permission is granted by Calderdale Council.

Pictures, poems and writing by and about the former Poet Laureate will be displayed.

And tickets for the upcoming Ted Hughes festival - to be held at various venues across the area in the summer - will be on sale at the centre. It will probably open for three days a week from 9am to 9pm.

Mr Alston said: "It will only be small but we are hoping it will encourage interest in Hughes. He was a great poet and the village deserves this."

The series of new proposals were revealed as work begins to renovate the poet's birthplace and childhood home.

The property at Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, is being transformed into a holiday cottage for writers. It will be restored in a style sympathetic to the 1930s when Ted Hughes lived there as a boy.

The festival on June 16 to 17 will include a reading by Simon Armitage at Calder High School and a poetry slam - an event where people can read out their own work - at a village cafe.

The Mytholmroyd net has been asked by the Elmet Trust to amend the dates included in this Halifax Courier item to say that the festival is taking place 22-24 June 2007.