Members of the Lyttelton Historical Museum Society have voted to proceed with plans to acquire the former Council Service Centre site on London Street in Lyttelton, for the purposes of building a new museum. The decision was taken at the Society’s Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday, 10 July.
Chair of the Lyttelton Museum Development Committee, Peter Rough, said "We are delighted to have finally selected a site that we would like to acquire for a new museum. We took our time to thoroughly investigate a number of potential sites and carry out due diligence before we decided on the Service Centre site. We have advised the Council of our interest in the site and look forward to a positive outcome for the Society."
The site on London Street is in the heart of Lyttelton with views across the harbour, and easy access for locals and visitors alike. The local Community Board supports the exciting new plans. "Should the Council be amenable to the Society acquiring the former Service Centre site it is hoped that a new museum could open as early as 2019", said Board Member Ann Joliffe.
The previous museum building was lost as a result of the Canterbury earthquake sequence, however the museum collection was rescued and is currently stored at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. During the last three years over 8500 items have been catalogued and photographed and are being made progressively available to view online via the Museum's website www.lytteltonmuseum.co.nz
Image 1: Museum collection being rescued from former site on Norwich Quay (credit Lyttelton Museum)
Image 2: Proposed new Lyttelton Museum site on London Street (credit Lyttelton Museum)