What's in a name?

What’s in a name?

A new name for the Rossland Historical Museum has been chosen in advance of the final report due Nov. 28.

A new name for the Rossland Historical Museum has been chosen.

The museum will now be called the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre, said city councilor Tim Thatcher, the city’s liaison to the museum advisory committee.

“And the new tag line will be ‘metals, mountains and memories,’” he said.

The rest of the Gateway plan for the newly named museum will be revealed on Thursday, Nov. 28 when the museum will host its annual general meeting at the museum (7 p.m.).

That is the same day the museum’s consultant, Don Luxton of Vancouver, will make his presentation of the final Gateway report on the redesign of the museum.

Once it is fully realized, the redesign could cost a total of $3 million—less than half the cost of a complete rebuild—with the entire re-design broken down into modules, so the entire vision could be achieved in stages as the money becomes available.

The new design could open up the interior, creating a larger entrance gallery and add in a full glass, well-lit atrium to welcome people into the museum.

It could include sections on geology, power, community history (including skiing and mountain biking) and the history of mining. The current ski shed section of the museum could be demolished and the ski artifacts brought into the body of the museum.

As well, the outside artifacts could be housed in an industrial shed—built in a style evoked by the time period—with level access and siting to create an outdoor stage for events and classes.

The shed could help tie together the exterior artifacts and create and secure the assets as well.

Space for research could be created, as well as centralizing storage and maximizing and rotating the exhibits on display.

The exterior could also reflect the mining history, with metal cladding—possibly zinc—adorning the exterior in a decorative way.

Signage outside of the museum and within the city would also be improved, helping direct people to the museum.

The next step for the museum advisory committee will be to figure out a funding formula, based on a combination of grants, corporate sponsorship and partnerships with senior levels of government.

The committee is also examining the feasibility of putting in some “pop up” displays in empty store fronts for the winter season, to increase its visibility.