Rossland Historical Museum

Great expectations

Renowned museum consultant sees exciting possibilities. Public open house invites comments for Rossland Museum’s new plans.

The options being considered for the city’s museum will be rolled out for display and comment in an open house format next week.

The consultant hired to overhaul and re-focus the energy, synergy and physiology of the Rossland Historical Museum

Under the auspices of the Rossland Museum Gateway Project, Donald Luxton of Vancouver was hired to answer the question of “What will Rossland’s  museum look like in the next few years?”

He will also help determine what displays, stories and themes will attract an expanded clientele, as well as the museum’s role in the community.

The open house—on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4-7 p.m.—will feature two 20-minute presentations by Vancouver-based consultant Donald Luxton (at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

For the last few months, museum consultant Luxton and his team have been exploring the options for the Rossland Museum.

Luxton said the museum “has a superb collection” and was confident the company could highlight the displays, improve the site and update the building.

But Rosslanders are once again being asked to give feedback on the facility.

People gave feedback through an open house last year, a survey and other consultation, Luxton noted.

“And we’ve incorporated the main themes and ideas moving forward, while tying everything together in a strong and vibrant concept that will completely renew the Museum”, he said.

Luxton and his team have undertaken groundbreaking work on projects such as the recent master plan for the Royal B.C. Museum and the new Nisga’a Museum.

In addition to his museum and heritage work, Luxton is also the author of several award-winning historical books.

The Museum Gateway Project Committee includes representatives from the City of Rossland, the Rossland Museum and Archive Association, Tourism Rossland, Teck Metals Ltd. and other organizations.