Museum show benefits from grant

The Otago Museum has received a $45,000 grant from the Dr Marjorie Barclay Trust, which will be used to develop a planned Otago's Ocean exhibition.

Museum organisers said the funds would be used for exhibition costs involved in adding the ocean show section to the museum's Nature Galleries, in February next year.

The addition of the ocean show would complete the upgrade of the Nature Galleries, officials said.

The trust also recently allocated grants to five other Dunedin-based organisations: Mercy Hospital, the Order of St John, Otago SPCA, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind ($35,000 each) and Royal Forest and Bird ($30,000).

The trust has contributed $4 million, mainly to Dunedin-based organisations, since it was established 21 years ago.

The museum had received $750,000 overall, which was a "fantastic" level of support, museum organisers said.

An earlier grant provided by the trust last year enabled the museum to have a leopard seal, found on Waikouaiti Beach, prepared by a taxidermist for the ocean show.

Trustee Euan Wright said the trust was pleased to help the museum with "significant community-oriented projects", including this "important story" involving Otago's natural environment.

Museum chief executive Shimrath Paul welcomed the grant, saying income the museum received or generated outside of local authority contributions enabled the museum to deliver "added-value outcomes for the community".

Born in Waimate in 1899, Dr Barclay later graduated with a MBChB from the Otago Medical School in 1923, joining the handful of women who had gained the qualification in New Zealand at that time.

After further study overseas, she was appointed radio diagnostician at the Otago Hospital Board in 1931, also lecturing at the medical school, before working in private practice in Dunedin.

The charitable trust was set up after her death in 1978.

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