Another national museum for Yorkshire June 24, 2020

The George Hotel in Huddersfield is where it all started Another national museum is coming to Yorkshire. The first-ever National Rugby League Museum will be set up in Huddersfield, in West Yorkshire, in the very hotel where the game was first launched 125 years ago.

The hotel, next to the town's railway station in St George's Square, is where, on August 29 in 1895, 21 clubs voted to break away from the Rugby Football Union and set up the Northern Rugby Football Union, which became the Rugby Football League in 1922.

The museum is being established by charity Rugby League Cares in partnership with Kirklees Council after the founding home of the game was selected from various locations across the North of England which had expressed interest.

The George Hotel has been closed since 2013 but has recently been bought by Kirklees Council to create the museum. Work to renovate the building is expected to begin in the next few weeks.

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