Eden Hore’s fu­ture dis­cussed


The fu­ture of the Eden Hore Col­lec­tion will be dis­cussed at the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil’s fi­nal meet­ing for the year.

A Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil spokesper­son said the fea­si­bil­ity study re­port, funded through a Lottery World War I Com­mem­o­ra­tion En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage grant, was com­mis­sioned by coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate op­tions for the long-term care, man­age­ment and dis­play of the Eden Hore Col­lec­tion.

Eden Hore was a high coun­try farmer in Naseby who was fas­ci­nated in the trans­for­ma­tion of raw prod­ucts such as wool, pro­duced on the land, to fab­rics and gar­ments.

Hore passed away in Ran­furly in 1997 and his col­lec­tion, con­sid­ered a snap­shot in time of the coun­try’s emerg­ing fash­ion in­dus­try, was passed onto his nephew John Steele and his wife Mar­garet. The coun­cil bought the col­lec­tion in 2013 for $40,000.

Tim Walker, prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant of the com­pany that pre­pared the re­port, will pre­sent the re­port to coun­cil and the ide­olo­gies be­hind it.

The fea­si­bil­ity study re­port highlights three key con­cepts that un­der­pin the value of the col­lec­tion:

❚ The col­lec­tion: this na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion of avant garde 1970s-1980s fash­ion pro­vides a unique in­sight into the fash­ion in­dus­try and New Zealand so­cial history of the time.

❚ The story: the col­lec­tion has a rich story value both for avant garde fash­ion and the big sky think­ing of Cen­tral Otago high coun­try im­pre­sario Eden Hore.

❚ The ex­pe­ri­ence: high qual­ity vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences could be de­vel­oped that cel­e­brate the col­lec­tion.

The fea­si­bil­ity study as­sessed op­tions avail­able to coun­cil in terms of the na­ture and level of out­comes it might de­liver in re­la­tion­ship to own­er­ship of the col­lec­tion. These in­cluded sell­ing the col­lec­tion, re­tain­ing it with lim­ited pub­lic dis­play op­tions, and re­tain­ing the col­lec­tion and de­vel­op­ing a strate­gic coali­tion model for is man­age­ment, care, pro­mo­tion and dis­play. The re­port to coun­cil pro­poses coun­cil con­firm its in­tent to main­tain own­er­ship of the col­lec­tion and adopt a phased ap­proach to the de­vel­op­ment of the Eden Hore Cen­tral Otago propo­si­tion, with a fo­cus for this fi­nan­cial year on gar­ment care, cat­a­logu­ing and story de­vel­op­ment.

The re­port will be dis­cussed in open meet­ing which be­gins at 11am.

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