Museum’s warm welcome

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Checking the exhibits in the warm Staveley Museum are (from left) Ashburton Trust board member Rob Harnett, Staveley Hall Society chairman Rob Withers and museum custodian Alan Totty.

Visitors can expect a warmer welcome when they visit the Staveley Museum this winter after an upgrade to the heating system.

The museum, overseen by the Staveley Hall Society, received $7000 from the Ashburton Trust and Lion Foundation regional grants committee earlier in the year.

It has used the money to buy a heat pump and for underfloor and ceiling insulation.

Previously the museum had an inefficient and old night store and brought in extra electric heaters when needed, said Staveley Museum committee chairman Alan Totty.

The trust had also provided a grant that funded a new roof on the museum 10 years ago, he said.

The museum, formally known as the Staveley Historical and Geological Centre, is open every Sunday from 1pm until 3pm and by appointment at other times.

Mr Totty said it received a steady stream of visitors throughout the year and featured a number of interesting exhibits, a pictorial history of the area and a geological collection that had been built up through a project at the former Springburn School in the 1970s.

The museum building was part of the original Springburn School and had been relocated on site in 1997.

Mr Totty, a knowledgeable local history buff, said the heating upgrade would provide a more even temperature at the venue that was better for the exhibits.

He said that during lockdown a new Staveley Museum Facebook page had been set up and it now had 400 members.

To visit the museum outside of hours, contact Alan Totty on 027 503 0708.