Concern over museum
AFORMER curatrix of the Queenstown museum has expressed disappointment at the state of the facility.
Judy Preston, who served in the position for over 20 years, said she recently returned to Queenstown after an absence of 10 years and was keen to see places “that had been so important to me.”
She said she was, however, unable to access the museum on the day as it was closed, although it was only 2.30pm on a weekday, with the notice board indicating that visiting hours were from 8 or 9am until 4.30pm.
“There was a white paper notice stuck on the front door but I was unable to enter the grounds at all so had no idea why the museum should be closed.” Preston said she was appalled at the state of the building, with the roof needing painting, fascia boards missing, downpipes loose and the garden neglected.
“The general appearance of the building was one of neglect and lack of care. The Museum building is a National Monument and was proudly cared for by a Board of Trustees and a dedicated staff. It was such a disappointment to me to see how the building and surrounds had deteriorated.”
She appealed to the powers in charge to find out why the museum had been allowed to fall into disrepair.
The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture district office on Tuesday indicated that its spokesman was not available and that comment would be forthcoming next week. – Rep reporter
NEEDING A FACELIFT? The Queenstown museum