Visit to view museum’s new storage facility

Invercargill City Council chief executive Michael Day (left) and aquatic services manager Stephen...
Invercargill City Council chief executive Michael Day (left) and aquatic services manager Stephen Cook (centre) are shown around the new Tisbury storage facility in Invercargill by museum collection manager Wayne Marriott. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Something new in Invercargill is about to house something old.

The new Tisbury storage facility was visited by Invercargill city councillors yesterday, who came for a first-hand look at the new facility.

The facility — part of the council’s Project 1225, to build new cultural facilities within the city, including Invercargill’s new museum and a specialist tuatara enclosure — will house precious museum collection items when they are not on public display.

Council staff involved in the project were also on hand for the sneak-peek tour.

Cr Grant Dermody said the walk-through of the facility gave elected members a chance to gain a deeper understanding of the facility.

"Our museum collection items play an important role in telling the story of Invercargill and Southland’s past, and the Tisbury storage facility is crucial in ensuring they are protected for generations to come," he said.

"Being able to see the facility behind the scenes as it gets closer to being completed was a great opportunity for our elected members and I think everybody was suitably impressed with the asset we have created for our community."

Contractor ABL began the Tisbury build last December. The facility is on track to be completed by next month, when the process of moving about four million museum collection items from the existing Southland Museum and Art Gallery will begin. All items are scheduled to be transferred to the new facility in early 2024.

— Staff reporter