Charity bid to save heritage collection

Peter Aldred with his Morley memorabilia. (d603d310)
Peter Aldred with his Morley memorabilia. (d603d310)
  • The heritage centre lost its home at Milton House last year
  • Since then, Peter Aldred has stored his collection at home
  • He hopes to find a permanent base for the artefacts he has collected over 50 years

A historian is hoping to breathe new life into Morley’s heritage.

Peter Aldred, who has a collection of thousands of photographs and artefacts documenting the Morley area, has launched a business plan to run Morley Heritage Centre as a charity.

I’ve been collecting things for more than 50 years but I would like it all to go to a good home.

Peter Aldred

The volunteer-led museum lost its base in Milton House last year and Mr Aldred was forced to store the collection in his house.

Mr Aldred, 82, of Westerton Road, Tingley said: “It’s about keeping Morley’s Heritage going because there’s an awful lot of history around here.

“We’re setting up a plan to try and run the centre as a charity so we can get grants for funding.”

Mr Aldred, who is president of Morley Heritage Centre, said as well as a permanent base for his collection he is looking for someone to take over running the centre.

He said: “I’m getting old now and I have some heart trouble and it’s too much stress for me.

“I’m really looking for a place and someone to pass the collection on to.

“I’ve been collecting things for more than 50 years but I would like it all to go to a good home.”

The collection features more than 2,000 photographs and 100 artefacts covering the old Morley Borough’s mining, industrial and social heritage.It covers the history of Morley, Tingley, Drighlington, Gildersome, East and West Ardsley and includes displays about the long-lost Gommersal’s pop factory and the local textiles industry.