What a stunning very early maritime image from our online Collection of ships loading grain in port in 1899!
As we look toward 2023 our resolve remains firm for the development of a new museum, designed by Warren and Mahoney and featuring a spectacular angled frontage onto London Street. Our concept plan in 2018 was premised on the idea that the new Museum would be built by the end of 2020, but there have been significant delays in the resource consent process. The original application was submitted to Council early in 2021; due to changes in Council process from a limited notification to a publicly notified process, we have had to re-draft those plans. Understandably, there will be building cost implications due to the extended time frames.
We hope to have news to share early in 2023 of the outcome of our application for consent. Once consent is granted we will be able to make grant applications and approach major donors.
We welcome new members and volunteers to get involved in the goal of achieving a purpose built Museum in the heart of Lyttelton to house this special regional collection and as a venue to share stories of Ōhinehou Lyttelton – its mana whenua, colonial history, Antarctic connections, maritime themes and the local environment and people.
Come join us on this exciting journey!