Leeds museum reopens after floods clean-up operation

The aftermath of the floods at Thwaite Mills.
The aftermath of the floods at Thwaite Mills.
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A Leeds museum will be back in business this weekend after being forced to temporarily close by the city’s Boxing Day floods.

Stourton’s Thwaite Mills suffered extensive damage during the floods, the worst seen in West Yorkshire since the Second World War.

But staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to deal with the mess and, thanks to their efforts, the museum buildings are due to reopen tomorrow – although their grounds will remain closed to the public for another few months while drying-out continues.

Sarah Barton, keeper at the site, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has helped with the clean-up as well as our visitors for their patience while we’ve been closed and we’ll look forward to welcoming them to all the exciting events we have planned in the coming months.”

Coun Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The determination and dedication shown by all those involved in the clean-up at Thwaite Mills has been typical of the incredible community spirit we’ve seen across Leeds over the last few weeks.

“The city has come together and shown true Yorkshire grit, rising to the challenge of getting much-loved places like Thwaite back on their feet and pitching in to help each other cope in what have been some incredibly difficult circumstances.

“Once again I would like to thank all those involved in the clean-up effort.

“They have been and continue to be a credit to the city, its communities and its people.”

Armley’s Leeds Industrial Museum remains closed due to the effects of the floods.