New role back in mu­seum

Skinks to be hon­oured with spe­cial day this month

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery has ap­pointed a project man­ager af­ter a re­struc­ture of mu­seum staff. In De­cem­ber the mu­seum wel­comed Rachel Check­etts to take up the role. Miss Check­etts has moved back to Alexan­dra af­ter work­ing as an ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer at the Lakes District Mu­seum in Ar­row­town. Her man­age­ment po­si­tion at Cen­tral Sto­ries was cre­ated af­ter a staff re­struc­ture which started af­ter di­rec­tor Brian Pa­trick’s con­tact was not re­newed be­cause of fund­ing last year and ad­min­is­tra­tor Shani Red­mile’s re­signed. Miss Check­etts’ re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will in­clude the day-to­day man­age­ment of the art gallery and the co-or­di­na­tion of school vis­its and events. She will also work with the rest of the team to de­velop the over­all goals and di­rec­tion of the mu­seum, art gallery and re­tail space. The mu­seum team was made up of col­lec­tions man­ager Rachael Wel­fare, who was hired full­time, and ex­hi­bi­tion tech­ni­cian Luke An­thony and of­fice man­ager Diana Barker, who were both hired part-time. One of Miss Check­etts’ first tasks on the job would be or­gan­is­ing a ‘‘Skink Open Day’’ on Jan­uary 9. The event will give lo­cals and vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to get ‘‘up close’’ to the skinks and other rep­tiles at the mu­seum. A raf­fle draw will be held for a chance to name two skinks.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627438731

In the chair:

Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery newly ap­pointed project man­ager Rachel Check­etts.

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