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Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Era for Museum

Southampton | by Bayshore News Staff  

More permanent exhibits planned for Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.


There are big changes coming to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre in Southampton.

This is the last summer a feature exhibit will come from outside of the Museum.

Past feature exhibits have included dinosaurs and sea-monsters; this year the Museum's summer Blockbuster is "Grossology; The Impolite Science of the Human Body". (May 21-Sept 5)

Museum Director and Curator Barbara Ribey says the Museum's five year strategic plan calls for re-investing the money they would have spent on those towards enhancing the permanent gallery.

The goal is to ultimately increase permanent assets.

The first phase will be come in 2012 -- by way of an HMS General Hunter exhibit.

It was a British warship built in Ontario and captured by the US in the Battle of Lake Erie which ultimately ended up in Southampton as a shipwreck.

It was also the only such vessel in the war of 1812 at war to be found on the Lake Huron Shore -- as we mark the anniversary of that war next year.

Ken Cassavoy is the HMS General Hunter Project Director. 

Cassavoy says among the highlights of the General Hunter exhibit - they are building a full size mid-ship section of the vessel within the Museum.

Interactives, artifacts and a deck section are also planned all at an initial cost this year at a cost of 75 thousand dollars plus consumer start up fees.

Funding for the work is being sought from the Commemorate Canada Program of the Federal Department of Canadian history and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAP).

Local fundraising efforts will also be launched and Ribey calls the shift - especially the General Hunter exhibit - "exciting for all of Bruce County".

Plans are underway now -- with major work getting underway in September.

 

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