Mu­seum to meet tar­gets to qual­ify for coun­cil fund­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

De­liv­ery stan­dards and ex­pec­ta­tions of the re­gion’s Cen­tral Sto­ries mu­seum ser­vices are to be put un­der the mi­cro­scope.

A Ser­vice Level Agree­ment be­tween the Alexan­dra Dis­trict Mu­seum In­cor­po­rated and Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil, for the de­liv­ery of ser­vices at Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery, is to be dis­cussed at a full coun­cil meet­ing to­day.

In a re­port to be pre­sented to coun­cil, staff rec­om­mend coun­cil en­ter into the for­mal agree­ment which would ‘‘clar­ify roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, re­duc­ing the risk of mis­un­der­stand­ing be­tween par­ties’’.

The doc­u­ment would also bet­ter ar­tic­u­late a clear ‘‘base line’’ for de­liv­ery stan­dards and ex­pec­ta­tions; pro­vide mea­sures that will as­sist both par­ties to fore­cast vari­ances in de­liv­ery mea­sures; and ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sions ac­cord­ingly, the re­port says.

The re­port ac­knowl­edges the agree­ment will ‘‘add an­other layer of pa­per­work’’ and might be viewed as too re­stric­tive by ‘‘lock­ing in’’ set de­liv­ery mea­sures.

For the past nine years the coun­cil has pro­vided an an­nual grant to Alexan­dra Dis­trict Mu­seum In­cor­po­rated (ADMI) to sup­port ADMI, trad­ing as Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery, to de­liver mu­se­um­re­lated ser­vices to the wider Cen­tral Otago com­mu­nity.

The trust man­ages a pur­pose­built cul­tural fa­cil­ity, which opened in De­cem­ber 2005. It in­cludes a mu­seum, tem­po­rary gallery spa­ces, a re­search room, gift shop, theatre and col­lec­tion stor­age spa­ces.

Each year ADMI presents a case to coun­cil for the re­newal of its an­nual grant which in­cludes a re­port on the dis­trict­fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties this trust has achieved over the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

‘‘Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery pro­vides a hub for cul­ture and her­itage, of­fer­ing men­tor­ing and sup­port to the smaller mu­se­ums, ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences for schools and com­mu­nity groups, and public in­for­ma­tion about the peo­ple, life­styles and sig­nif­i­cant events of the greater Cen­tral Otago dis­trict,’’ the re­port says.

‘‘The in­tent of the pro­posed Ser­vice Level Agree­ment is to spec­ify quan­tifi­able out­comes that ADMI is ex­pected to de­liver in re­turn for fund­ing from coun­cil.’’

Ser­vice de­liv­ery ex­pec­ta­tions out­lined in the doc­u­ment in­clude:

se­cur­ing ad­di­tional fund­ing as re­quired, through grants and spon­sor­ship;

de­velop re­sources and ini­tia­tives that ben­e­fit the greater Cen­tral Otago dis­trict;

pro­vide space for the Eden

Photo: Mary-Jo To­hill/Fair­fax NZ Hore Fash­ion Col­lec­tion to be kept, and al­low ac­cess at the dis­cre­tion of coun­cil un­til such time that a de­ci­sion is made on the per­ma­nent stor­age site for the col­lec­tion;

of­fer ex­pert muse­ol­ogy men­tor­ing and ad­vice to dis­trict mu­se­ums, as re­quested;

pro­vide joint pro­mo­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­com­pass the mu­se­ums through­out the dis­trict;

cre­ate and main­tain a com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work among dis­trict mu­se­ums, en­cour­ag­ing knowl­edge-shar­ing, in­ter­mu­seum loans and the devel­op­ment of best prac­tice stan­dards;

con­duct vis­its, as re­quired, to mu­se­ums through­out the dis­trict to as­sist with col­lec­tions, ex­hi­bi­tions or other projects that re­quire ex­ter­nal as­sis­tance;

work with, and host, Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict schools (lo­cated out­side the Vin­cent Ward) to de­liver learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that meet the schools’ needs.

Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery.

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