On Air Now

Pete Egerton

10:00am - 2:00pm

Now Playing

Harrogate's rare historic items set to remain with local organisations

Councillors are set to approve new loan agreements for some of Harrogate’s rare civic items.

Harrogate's rare historic items set to remain with local organisations Councillors are set to approve new loan agreements for some of Harrogate’s rare civic items which include objects that date back to the town’s Victorian heyday. Following local government reorganisation, the Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) civic collection was transferred to the town’s charter trustees, which are 10 councillors who represent divisions in Harrogate. The charter trustees now have responsibility for the collection of civic regalia, silverware, trophies and plaques, glass and crystal, books and scrolls and other historic items. Currently the Royal Hall Restoration Trust, the Harrogate Club and Masham Town Hall have some items from the collection on loan which they hope to retain. [caption id="attachment_83057" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Harrogate's charter trustees.[/caption] North Yorkshire Council said loaning the items out has provided more opportunities for the public to view the civic collection and has increased awareness of the town’s heritage and history. Items held by the the Royal Hall Restoration Trust include the foundation stone trowel for Harrogate Library, a pump room cigarette box and a framed Tour de France yellow jersey signed by Marcel Kittel — winner of the first stage in Harrogate 2014. The organisation also holds a scroll that was produced to mark a royal visit in 1894, the spade that cut the first section of the Bilton gas works railway in 1907 and a framed proclamation of King Edward’s accession from 1936. A full list of items loaned out is available to read here. The charter trustees will meet next Monday at the Civic Centre when they are expected to renew the loan agreements. They will also consider a finance report that notes how much the charter trustees have cost the public so far. For the financial year 2023/24, there was a budget of £12,500 and a report says £5,000 has been spent on officer support from North Yorkshire Council. A Harrogate Town Council was expected to take over the running of the town’s civic traditions next year but its likely creation has been put back until 2025. This is to allow for another consultation that will ask the public about proposed ward boundaries and the number of councillors the new council will have. By Thomas Barrett, Local Democracy Reporter Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

More from Your Harrogate News