Positive Note in Music Library Drama – saved has new Yorkshire location

Music and Plays manuscripts threatened
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Music library is saved.  The UK’s biggest collection of Music manuscripts held at a library in Wakefield has found a new home after a threat of closure. The collection goes to a local library in  Huddersfield.

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The Yorkshire Libraries and Information Music and Drama services (YLI), based in Wakefield, given notice of closure in November.

This shocked the community not aware that such a closure was being planned.  Economic cuts by the Council behind the idea.  It was feared there would be nowhere to keep them or that the valuable content split up and spread around the country.  This upset librarians and the people using the service.

A campaign launched to save the Library’s valuable content. Led by Making Music an organisation that supports voluntary and amateur groups in the country.  Campaigners pursued every avenue they could to convince the local Authorities to plan carefully.  In the end an agreement reached over the location for the music scripts.

It seemed to work and decided to keep it in the region just a short distance from where the original now stands. Enormous relief.

Supporters overjoyed with the result.  It took a lot of effort and a struggle but sorted out in the end. The new home a success. video responded to those campaigning to save the library. It was a great visit

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