Con­cern over mu­seum

The Rep - - NEWS -

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

Pic­ture: CHUX FOURIE

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