BUILDING REDEVELOPMENT WORKS COMPLETED AT THE GOLD MUSEUM
In 2011, the Gold Museum was awarded a grant of $3 million from the Victorian Government to renovate the building. After years of planning and 12 months of construction works, the new Collection Centre has now been completed.
The aim of the project was to construct new state of the art storage facilities, develop new working areas for staff, volunteers and public researchers, and to improve overall access to the collection through a new collection management system.
To the credit of all staff and volunteers, the Gold Museum did not close to the public for one day during the building works. It has been difficult at times to work through all the changes and break with old routines. We all have a great deal of adjusting to do with the range of new systems and services, but equally there are so many exciting opportunities that we now have to explore and develop.
Our future plans include upgrading our computer Collection Management System to a format that will allow public access to our databases through the internet. Stay tuned for more news!
The official launch on 26th May was attended by approximately 130 people. The unveiling ceremony was conducted by Mr. Damian Drum, MLC (Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development), with Cr. John Burt (Mayor of the City of Ballarat) in attendance. Speeches were given by Emeritus Professor Terry Lloyd (President of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association), Dr. Jeremy Johnson (Chief Executive Officer of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association) and Mr. Roger Trudgeon (Manager/Curator of the Gold Museum and Deputy Museums Director of the Sovereign Hill Museums Association).
- Cost: $3.5 million
- Primary Sponsor: Victorian Government (Regional Growth Fund Economic Infrastructure Program)
- Additional Sponsors and Supporters: City of Ballarat and Sovereign Hill Museums Association
- Architect: Morton Dunn
- Builders: H.W. Troon
- Storage Equipment: Commando Storage Systems