The National Coal Mining Museum for England announces Councillor Denise Jeffery, Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, as new Chair of Board of Trustees
Councillor Denise Jeffery, who has a long association with The National Coal Mining Museum for England through her time as the elected member for Castleford and Glasshoughton since 1989, has served as a trustee with the Museum since September 2015.
Her current responsibilities at the council cover economic growth and skills and previous experience of development, regeneration and culture will stand her in good stead as the Museum looks to reaffirm its commitment to its local, regional, national and international visitors and former coal-mining communities through learning programmes, access to the collections and by providing an engaging, inspiring and fun visitor experience for all.
With a mining family history that includes her grandfather who worked at Park Hill Colliery, her support for the miners by collecting for food parcels during the Miners’ Strike and her long history with the trade unions in Wakefield, Councillor Jeffery is ideally placed to support the work of the Museum. Councillor Jeffery says: “The Museum is a wonderful place that I have visited many times over the years and seen it develop into the busy, lively Museum it is today. It is such an honour to have been asked to be Chair and I am thrilled and delighted to be able to work closely with the staff and volunteers to continue the good work so far and ensure the Museum continues to excite and inform future generations about coal mining and the people who worked in the industry. There are many plans in place to revitalise the Museum over the coming months and years to ensure local and national visitors continue to enjoy all the museum has to offer.
David Hinchliffe, retiring Chair, says: "Having served nearly seven years in total on the Board, I feel that it is appropriate at this point to step down as a trustee. As a direct descendant of many generations of Yorkshire colliers I have been very privileged to be the Chair of a wonderful Museum which marks the enormous contribution they and so many thousands of others in the former coalfields made to this country. I feel particularly honoured to have been involved with the establishment and opening of the Miners' Memorial Garden, our only national memorial to those who gave their lives to the coal industry. I was delighted that, during my final year as Chair, the Museum recorded its highest ever visitor figures of over 138,000. I have known and worked with Denise Jeffery over many years and feel the Museum will be in very capable hands with her as Chair. She is fortunate to have the support of a wonderful staff and volunteer team who have ensured the Museum has gone from strength to strength."
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