Board looking to keep Cromwell’s history in focus
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.
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.