Re­search room planned

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

The dear old Methodist Church has seen bet­ter days.

The roof will need re­plac­ing soon and in this post earthquake era the in­sur­ance for such build­ings has quadru­pled in re­cent years. So the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust and the other main user of the build­ing the Cromwell Ge­neal­ogy Group are look­ing for new of­fice space.

Now it just so hap­pens that the Cromwell i-Site is soon to be re­lo­cated to a fancy, new, pur­pose built lo­ca­tion but leav­ing be­hind the mu­seum . . . Gee, who would want to take on of­fice space that in­cluded a mu­seum?

That’s how we find our­selves in the near per­fect win-win sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­body. A new trust is be­ing set up to re-in­vig­o­rate the cur­rent Cromwell mu­seum and en­cour­age its use and ex­pan­sion by lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike. Of par­tic­u­lar use­ful­ness will be the ad­di­tion of a ‘‘re­search room’’ where people will be able to come in search of in­for­ma­tion about their fam­ily’s ge­neal­ogy, their his­tory in the gold­fields or other his­tor­i­cal data.

The Cromwell Ge­neal­o­gists and the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust look for­ward to their mod­ern, new

Terry Davis, sec­re­tary of the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust and Edith Mckay con­venor of the Cromwell Ge­neal­ogy Group look over the cur­rent plans of the Cromwell mu­seum and i-Site. of­fices and be­ing more ac­ces­si­ble.

If you would like to know more, have ques­tions or ideas, or could see yourself as a vol­un­teer, please come along on Mon­day, July 7 to the con­fer­ence room at the Golden Gate Lodge in Cromwell at 7.30pm to an ini­tial pub­lic meet­ing. All those with her­itage links to Cromwell and it’s districts (Tar­ras, Low­burn, Ban­nock­burn, the Ne­vis, Rip­pon­vale, Mt Pisa) are en­cour­aged to at­tend. ◗ For more info con­tact the Otago Gold­fields Her­itage Trust chair­man Martin An­der­son on 445 0611 or Cromwell Ge­neal­ogy Group chair­woman Edith Mckay on 445 3411.

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