Council is arranging for a ‘Pop-up’ Heritage Centre to provide temporary services to the public, following the temporary closure of Hokitika Museum.
The Museum was closed six weeks ago after the discovery that the Carnegie Building was earthquake prone. Council has since sought advice from structural engineering firm Hadley & Robinson and Opus Consultants about options for strengthening the Carnegie Building as well as making the 1970s-era museum buildings to the south as safe as possible.
The public must still stay clear of the Carnegie Building. The large security fencing has been removed and advice signs have been erected instead for the time being.
The temporary Heritage Centre will be located at 47 Revell Street and will house a research centre that will be accessible to the public and a small museum shop, along with work space for staff. Museum Director Julia Bradshaw is keen for staff and volunteers to use this situation to continue making headway cataloguing a large backlog of museum objects and photographs. “Completing this work will significantly improve public access to the community’s collection in the future. In addition the work will help the museum to get some of its catalogue on-line within the next year.”
“We are excited to have found a premises that allows for a Museum presence in the town and the continued provision of museum services, particularly assisting genealogists, researchers and tourism operators to find information and photographs relating to Westland’s ‘tales & treasures.”
Council’s Planning, Community and Environment Group Manager, Jim Ebenhoh is satisfied that this arrangement will provide a safe working environment for staff, offer public access to museum services again and allow time for the new Council to review the options for the Carnegie Building and decide on the way forward. The Pop-up Heritage Centre will be opened in late November.
Dated at Hokitika this 2nd day of November 2016