Central Stories solvent

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SIMON.HENDERSON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Central Stories Museum is no longer losing money after restructuring at the end of last year.

Chairman Russell Garbutt said the board had been able to stop using reserves to meet operational costs.

Last November, former manager Maurice Watson’s role was ‘‘disestablished’’, and two new part-time positions that separated the roles of the art gallery and museum were created.

Rachel Taylor was appointed museum and research co­ordinator and Jennifer Hay was appointed art gallery co­ordinator.

However, Ms Hay — who also worked as Cromwell Museum’s director — realised that the number of hours she needed to do at Cromwell would not allow her time for the art gallery role, Mr Garbutt said.

The board would be moving to fill the role, but in the meantime had a ‘‘full programme of exhibitions planned until the beginning of next year’’, Mr Garbutt said.

‘‘I would emphasise that Rachel and Jennifer have an excellent relationship which has led to much stronger co­operation between the Cromwell Museum and Central Stories.’’

The retail area had been revamped and now included ‘‘an extensive range of local jewellers and other artists whose work is proving attractive to both visitors to the district and to locals seeking a special gift’’, Mr Garbutt said.

‘‘What is particularly pleasing is the increase in volunteers who provide weekend assistance and extensive assistance in the research room and with oral history.’’