Helpers 'forge' on for museum

AFTER the deluge, the report card is positive for the future of our local keepsakes and artefacts.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Museum may have found a temporary home at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery but the clean up continues in Forge Drive.

Community Services Manager Jenny Eakins said the restoration work is “going very well”.

Around half of the items that were housed at the museum have been cleaned and restored following the flood damage of March 31.

Within a week of the storms, all the artefacts had been moved to a warehouse in Forge Drive for the team of around 15 volunteers to begin sorting.

“The volunteers and staff of the Museum worked exceptionally hard to save the Museum's significant permanent collections during and immediately after the storm,” museum director/curator Dr Leigh Summers said.

“They have also worked equally hard to make sure that we can continue to operate the museum and present wonderful exhibitions such as this first one in our temporary home at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery.

“I'd also like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Gallery who have been very accommodating and helpful to the museum,” she said.

'A Thing of Beauty' opened at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery on Tuesday, May 5.

The exhibition includes textiles, lace, crochet, bead work and embroidery from the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum collections.

The exhibition is enhanced by a selection of quilts from master contemporary quilter Gloria McKinnon. Gloria will present a selection of her creative work and host a crazy quilting workshop from 10am-4pm on Wednesday, May 20, at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery. The cost for this event is $25, which includes lunch, and bookings are essential. Please contact the Museum Coordinator on 0447 106451 or 6651 5239 to book a place.



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