Museum set to see light
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.