Ceiling uncovered

An ornate plaster ceiling which has emerged during demolition work at the Otago Settlers Museum will be retained in the final design of the museum's $35 million redevelopment project.

The old white ceiling had been uncovered behind a more modern structure during early demolition work at the museum's original brick John Burnside designed building, museum director Linda Wigley said.

Museum organisers are planning to develop an auditorium in the area where the plaster ceiling was found.

The project building team was working to save the ceiling and incorporate it into the design, Ms Wigley said.

Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

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