26 June 2018
This Sunday (1 July) Clyde will celebrate its proud heritage with an I Love Clyde Heritage Day.
The event is being organised by Clyde Historical Museums Inc and Central Otago District Council and supported by the local business community.
The community is invited to a 'Open Day with a difference' for the Clyde Museums – the Briar Herb, Clyde Railway Station (pictured right) and Blyth Street museums – between 12-3pm, and encouraged to share their ideas for the future of these museums.
A Feasibility Study is underway led by Origin Consultants. The study is funded by a Lottery Heritage and Environmental Grant, and the Central Otago District Council. Central Lakes Trust is also providing support through the funding of conservation plans for the buildings. The study is looking at options for the future development of the buildings and collection that form the Clyde Museums. As well as appraising the collections, and assessing the museum buildings and the current and potential utilisation of the spaces, the project aims to gather the thoughts and ideas of the Clyde community.
Museum volunteers will be at each museum to chat to visitors, act as guides and encourage people to share their feedback via a post it note on question boards as they leave.
The Briar Herb Museum (at the top of Fraser Street near the Clyde Railway Station) will be open to the public for the first time in over two years. As six of the 10 buildings that make of the Briar Herb Museum are earthquake-prone, cordons to keep public out of the most unsafe areas of the buildings will be in place. For those who do not wish to enter the buildings they can view from outside through open doors.
In order to gather as much feedback as possible the project working group decided to make the event a real community occasion. As Clyde Historical Museums' volunteers consider the heritage precinct Clyde's "fourth living museum" the decision was made to encourage people to follow up their visit to the museums with a 'Walk Around Historic Clyde' using the brochure produced by Promote Dunstan detailing the history of the village's landmarks and heritage buildings.
Businesses have also been quick to jump on board and be a part of the day, displaying posters and planning Heritage Day specials, displays and activities.
The Bank Café will offer a taste of the past with Devonshire teas, a scrumptious Bangers and Mash will be on the specials board at Paulina's restaurant and Oliver's will have a roast lunch in the restaurant, Miners wraps in the café cabinet and coffee and donut specials.
Dunstan House will be opening its doors for the public to check out what lays inside its stunning exterior of this 120-year old hotel and it will host live music in the dining room from 1pm.
Those who cannot make it along on the day but wish to share their thoughts and ideas about Clyde museums can head to www.surveymonkey.com/r/clydemuseums. Bike It Now and Dunstan Motors are also acting as collection points for those who have put their thoughts down on the back of the flyer invite Promote Dunstan delivered to Clyde households last week.