It will house all the agricultural exhibits and artifacts previously contained in the main building. These will include a mock up of a shearing shed, a milking shed, a blacksmith and a collection of old agricultural machinery and carts.
Richard Garvey, president of the Museum Society, believes that the new barn will be of great value to the museum. It will not only provide a location for the new display, but will also free up valuable space in the main museum building.
“In the past we’ve had all our agricultural equipment crammed into the back of the museum, which hasn’t been an ideal set up for viewing. By moving all our agricultural equipment out to the new barn, we can make better use of the space at the back of the museum.” The Museum Society is hoping to place several little shops at the back of the main museum, possibly a printing works, a shoe shop, a grocery shop or a chemist.
Although only recently constructed, the barn has always been planned for the museum.
It was one of the agreed buildings to be placed on the Tamakae Reserve along with Hartmann House, Pollok Cottage and several other historical buildings. The barn has been built with the generous help of The Lions Club, The Rotary Club, and Simon Brown of Brown and Brown Builders.
Volunteers have been a vital part in the process, with several working bees contributing to its construction. The volunteers who work tirelessly every Wednesday morning, are now slowly moving the exhibits from the main building to the barn.
Sunday, December 13, the museum is hosting a private preview and afternoon tea for the volunteers. It is hoped the barn will be open to the public sometime in the New Year.