Mu­seum set to see light

South Canterbury Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MEGAN SUTHER­LAND

Light­ing up­grades to the Fair­lie Her­itage Mu­seum were ex­pected to get un­der­way the minute cash goes through, and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee will also push for some ex­tra cash from the com­mu­nity to sup­port the pro­posal.

The Fair­lie Her­itage Mu­seum wants to up­grade the light­ing in the main area of the mu­seum to elim­i­nate harsh UV light­ing.

Fair­lie Her­itage Mu­seum man­age­ment com­mit­tee chair­man Richard Hunt­ing­ton said the group was await­ing a fi­nal elec­tri­cian’s quote, but ex­pected the up­grades to to­tal $ 7000.

Mem­bers of the group had col­lec­tively con­trib­uted $ 2000, and the Macken­zie District Coun­cil ap­proved a grant of $ 2000 to­wards the up­grades in Au­gust.

Hunt­ing­ton said the group was still seek­ing $ 3000 from the com­mu­nity to get them over the line for the up­grades.

‘‘ The minute we get the cash we will put it in.’’

The cur­rent light­ing was no good; peo­ple strug­gled to read the in­for­ma­tion and la­bels on the most of the items, he said.

As well as that ‘ ‘ you are al­ways look­ing at items in your own shadow which is hard with bad light­ing’’, Hunt­ing­ton said.

‘‘ It is for the com­fort of the vis­i­tors of course.’’

He hoped once the fi­nal quote from a elec­tri­cian would come through ‘ ‘ any day now’’

‘‘The minute we get the cash we will put it in.’’

so the group could then start ap­proach­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers for in­vest­ment.

The new LED lights would be more eco­nom­i­cal and re­duce the poor, harsh light pro­duced by the cur­rent UV lights.

The orig­i­nal plan was to up­grade the en­tire mu­seum.

That would have been too ex­pen­sive so the group de­cided to up­grade the main en­trance area, Hunt­ing­ton said.

He said they have been want­ing to make the up­grade for a while but things had got in the way.

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