A Feasibility Study led by Origin Consultants got underway earlier this year. 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.
Options for the Future of Clyde Museums
We have just been out to the community with six options for feedback on. This feedback period closed on Friday 23 November. Thank you to everyone who shared your thoughts with us.
- This 10-minute Video Presentation gives an overview of the options.
- You can also take a look at this Options Document if you to read more detail on the options.
Background to the study
In June 2018 Council and Clyde Historical Museums Inc launched an online public survey focused on the perceptions and importance of the existing Clyde Museum buildings (Blyth Street, Briar Herb Factory and Clyde Railway Station). The survey asked four simple questions designed to gauge the level of public interest, knowledge and perceptions of the museums as a precursor to the 'I love Clyde Heritage Open Day', held on Sunday 1 July, 2018.
During the open day, large sheets with the four survey questions were posted at the museums along with helpers to encourage and assist visitors to write their opinions and feedback on their Clyde museums experience. It is estimated that nearly 200 people attended the open day and we received more than 50 individual written responses in total.
The combined survey information has been collated and broadly analysed for its responses to the questions and repeated key themes that were observable in the feedback. These are summarised in the report below.
Clyde Museums Feasibility Study Summary of Public Feedback - Origin Consultants 13.08.18 (PDF, 57KB)
Conservation plans have been prepared to inform, guide and support decisions that will affect the future use and care of Clyde's museums. They cover four key topics:
Understanding – drawing together information, both documentary and based on physical inspection, about the museum site
Significance – assessing the significance of the site and its fabric in terms of its historic, construction, cultural, social, archaeological and technical significance
Vulnerability – identifying the issues affecting the significance of the museum, including the condition of the buildings, and how they impact on the current and future vulnerability of the site.
Policies – conservation policies proposed to ensure the significance of the sites is conserved and made accessible in appropriate ways.
A big thanks to Central Lakes Trust who funded these conservation plans for the buildings.
The following appraisals look at the condition of Clyde Museum collections, and the condition and volume of storage, and make recommendations for improvements and development. These are another piece of the puzzle making up the overall picture for this feasibility study and helping determine options.
- Blyth Street Museum Site, Clyde: Storage Appraisal (PDF, 2.6MB)
- Blyth Street Museum, Clyde: Collection Condition Issues & Future Options (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Briar Herb Factory Museum Site, Clyde: Storage Appraisal (PDF, 4.8MB)
- Briar Herb Factory Museum Site, Clyde: Potential Presentation & Display Options (PDF, 7.2MB)
- Briar Herb Factory Museum Complex, Clyde: Collection Condition Issues & Future Options (PDF, 2.2MB)