Museum collects local treasures

FAMILY TREASURE: Kim Strickson with the World War II gas mask that was donated as part of Family Treasures day at Dewsbury Museum. (d26011104)
FAMILY TREASURE: Kim Strickson with the World War II gas mask that was donated as part of Family Treasures day at Dewsbury Museum. (d26011104)
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LOCAL people were asked to dig around in their lofts to see if they could find some family treasures.

Dewsbury Museum in Crow Nest Park recently held a Family Treasures day, where visitors were asked to take in items from home that illustrated what life in Dewsbury used to be like.

Museum staff were given an original gas mask from World War II, with the name and address of the Dewsbury owner, as well as the original receipt.

Another visitor took in a deck of playing cards from the 1950s, with the logo of a Dewsbury fireplace company from the 1950s, Haighs, printed on it.

The museum was also shown a chain necklace of silver St Johns Ambulance Brigade tokens dating from 1915-1930.

Event organiser Kim Strickson said: “We felt that we’ve not got as big a collection of Dewsbury objects as we have of other places, so we thought it would be nice to get people to come in and tell us what they’ve got.”