Oakville Museum closed for construction beginning March 19

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville Museum closed for construction beginning March 19

Necessary upgrades at Erchless Estate will close museum for six weeks

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate will be closed for construction for approximately six weeks following its annual March Break festivities. During this time, the building will undergo some necessary updates, including the replacement of its aging heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system as well as upgrades to make the museum more accessible.

The new high-efficiency HVAC system will provide a more comfortable environment for visitors and staff as well as significantly reduce energy consumption. It will also create a stable environment for the preservation of the museum’s artifacts that are on display or in storage.

The museum’s entrance will be completely updated, making the ground floor of the building more accessible with the addition of a new accessible family washroom. The construction also includes cosmetic improvements to the lobby and existing washrooms.

“This Council is committed to preserving the heritage resources of our community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate does a great job of showcasing the town’s history. We are pleased that these renovations will help preserve historical artifacts and enhance the experience for current and future visitors.”

During construction, residents and visitors can still enjoy the museum’s work with two brand new exhibitions beginning March 24 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Returning Home: A Carrie Hillyard Retrospective is presented in partnership with guest curator Gordon Spragg and will be housed in the art gallery. The exhibit is the first major retrospective of work by the late Canadian painter, tracing Hillyard’s career as a 13-year-old artist, to her accomplished paintings produced over four decades later. Queen Elizabeth Park High School: Rediscovering the Spirit is the museum’s first exhibit in its new space at QEPCCC. A nostalgic look back at the institution that previously occupied the site, the exhibit features community photographs, uniforms, trophies, yearbooks, pins and stories that contributed to the legacy of the school.

The museum will also offer a special Pioneer Life school program in partnership with the Oakville Historical Society during construction. The program will run out of Thomas House and the Old Post Office.

The Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate reopens in May with Bridesmaids Revisited! This light-hearted exhibition offers Oakville women a chance to tell their dress’ side of the story and showcases bridesmaid dresses from every era, including gowns from a variety of civil and religious ceremonies.

For more information visit the Oakville Museum page.

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For more information contact:

Bill Nesbitt
Supervisor, Museum
905-845-6601, ext. 5016
kgalione@oakville.ca

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Oakville Museum closed for construction beginning March 19