New appointments at Central Stories

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New appointments at Alexandra’s Central Stories Museum will help “incredible stories” to be told.

Rachel Taylor has been appointed as museum and research co-ordinator and Jennifer Hay as art gallery co-ordinator.

Museum board chairman Russell Garbutt said the board was “delighted” with the appointments.

They received “very high quality” applicants from all over the world.

“Rachel was employed at Central Stories as an exhibitions technician during 2018 and was previously employed as a project co-ordinator for Catlins Coast.”

Ms Hay was also director of Cromwell Museum and had a wide background in both Australia and New Zealand with previous roles as assistant curator at Christchurch Art Gallery and with the Hill Smith Gallery in Adelaide, Mr Garbutt said.

“Both these appointees will be working with Sue Tait who continues in her role as administration co-ordinator for the museum.”

Both roles were part-time and addressed issues that led to a decision by the board to restructure and would “enable a much higher degree of understanding” between the museum board and funders Central Otago District Council and the Vincent Community Board, he said.

With the appointments in place, the museum was concentrating on “refurbishment and refreshment” of the main museum space.

“Alexandra has incredible stories to tell from the unique geology of the area, early exploration by the first Polynesians, early European runholders, gold mining in all its forms and its transformation into a fruit-growing and viticulture centre,” he said.