Growth in Northern Powerhouse museum visits .....

The number of visits to museums and galleries in the Northern Powerhouse has grown by more than 20 per cent.

Between April and October, there were about 5.14 million visitors across the nine institutions in the region, an increase of 912,468 (21.5 per cent) on the same period last year.

In our district The National Coal Mining Museum for England keeps the stories of coal mining alive by creating enjoyable and inspiring ways to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and by collecting and preserving the industry’s rich heritage. www.ncm.org.uk

The Hepworth Wakefield named after Barbara Hepworth, is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011. www.hepworthwakefield.org

Bretton, Wakefield is the home to 500 acres of fields, hills, woodland, lakes and formal gardens combine to create a beautiful landscape and stunning setting for Yorkshire Sculpture Park. www.ysp.org.uk

Step back in time at Castleford Museum and discover what Castleford was like under Roman rule, celebrate the town's rugby heritage and explore the works of local sculptor Henry Moore at Castleford Musuem. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk

National Museums Liverpool attracted a record-breaking 2.89 million visitors between April and October, a 39 per cent increase on the same period last year. Visitor numbers at Tate Liverpool were also up 14.6 per cent to 480,271, its best April to October for a decade.

Imperial War Museum North in Salford welcomed 210,572 visitors, up 35 per cent on April to October 2017/18 and the best for this period since 2014/15.

More than 537,000 people visited The National Railway Museum in York, an increase of 11 per cent on same period last year.

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester attracted 433,508 visitors, up 3.6 per cent on the same period last year.

The government has invested £15m in cultural regeneration projects across the North to help showcase the region to investors.

Jake Berry, minister for the Northern Powerhouse, said: "This is more good news for the culture of the North, as we look forward to 2019, I'd encourage more people to join the five million who have already seen why the North's rich art, culture and heritage is at the heart of the UK's history and its future."