The voluntary group leading a project to restore one of Haworth’s most historic buildings wants to develop links with the business world.

Bronte Spirit is working to safeguard the future of the Old School Room, in Church Street, which was built by the Rev Patrick Bronte.

The group is staging open days at the premises tomorrow and on Saturday. It has invited many members of the district’s business sector along with community leaders to see what potential the building offers.

Averil Kenyon, chairman of Bronte Spirit, said: “While we are currently discussing with English Heritage how we can restore the building to its former glory we have to consider what kind of sustainable future the building has.

“For the two open days we have invited representatives from the commercial estate agency world to come and talk to us about what kind of business or community use might most easily fit into what the building can offer.

“We have also invited companies from many sectors which could easily find a use for the building and community organisations looking to expand their operations now that the Government is asking us to embrace localism, or need extra space to house their current operations.

“We’re very optimistic that this building will adapt to a modern use and that will ensure this key structure within the Haworth historical footprint will be saved for future generations to appreciate.”

The Old School Room currently has serious problems with its roof and needs major external refurbishments.

Mrs Kenyon added: “Our discussions with English Heritage are at an advanced stage and they have been very helpful.

“Bronte Spirit is now a registered charity and we are in negotiation with Haworth Parish Church to take a lease on the Old School Room.”

Tomorrow’s session is from 10am to 4pm and Saturday’s between 10am and 2pm. To attend tomorrow, telephone Mrs Kenyon in advance on 07760 199531.