Museum storage building opened


An advanced storage facility for a Clutha museum has finally been opened, after a number of setbacks delayed construction.

For about five years the Catlins Historical Society has been working to get a new heat and humidity controlled storage building built to house items for the Owaka Museum.

Museum manager Mike McPhee said it was “great” to have the addition completed and to celebrate its opening in a ceremony late last month.

“I’m really looking forward to making a start transferring our collection over to the new building,” Mr McPhee said.

“It means we’ll be able to care for our stuff much better because the new building has got proper climate control. Its got a humidity control machine up in the ceiling.”

The building would now comply with current museum standards for storage, he said.

About fifty people attended the opening ceremony on October 24, marking the end of a year marred by building delays.

‘‘Our builder started in March and more or less within 2 weeks had to stop because of lockdown. We lost about two months of building time, and that threw us into the winter. It got delayed because of bad weather.”

The facility was dubbed the Anne and Keith Brown Building, in honour of a deceased couple who contributed to getting the project off the ground.

The building cost $298,000 paid for with money raised from New Zealand Lotteries, Otago Community Trust, The Trusts Community Foundation, and contributions from Owaka residents.