Board look­ing to keep Cromwell’s his­tory in fo­cus

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By BAR­BARA WITHING­TON

THE fu­ture of the Cromwell Mu­seum is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, with dif­fer­ent op­tions be­ing of­fered at this week’s Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing.

For many years the mu­seum has op­er­ated in the Mall as an add-on to the In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, but with the pos­si­ble shift of the I-site closer to the state high­way, it was time to look at what could be done to en­hance Cromwell’s his­tory.

Op­tions such

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the mu­seum be­ing man­aged via the li­brary were dis­counted and a call to have a com­mu­nity group take it on had not yet been taken up.

The pre­ferred op­tion was to keep the mu­seum in the same place with a paid staff and vol­un­teer op­er­a­tion.

New board mem­ber Nigel McKin­lay sug­gested there was an op­por­tu­nity to look at what could be done to make the mu­seum a more vi­able and at­trac­tive place, es­pe­cially if they could ex­pand into the space used by the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

Mur­ray McMillan agreed, as he was cer­tain there were a lot of items that were not on dis­play be­cause of lack of room. Board chair­man Neil Gille­spie said there was no need to make a de­ci­sion im­me­di­ately, but he was aware of the im­pend­ing an­nual plan and LTCCP if there were bud­get changes to be con­sid­ered.

The board agreed to the pre­ferred op­tion, con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from those wish­ing to be in­volved in the fu­ture of the mu­seum.

It would also seek ad­vice from Cen­tral Sto­ries cu­ra­tor Brian Pa­trick, and Te Papa, on what could be done.

New Cromwell Com­mu­nity Board mem­bers Glenn Chris­tiansen (left) and Nigel McKin­lay.

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