New name for City’s Museum

Curator Georgia Luck and Chairman Allan Leeson hang a new sign announcing the new name

Curator Georgia Luck and Chairman Allan Leeson hang a new sign announcing the new name

The City's Museum has been renamed the Burnie Regional Museum, formally known as the Pioneer Village Museum.

Burnie Mayor Steve Kons said, “The name change reflects a new life and direction for the Museum.

“The Pioneer Village Museum has had a colourful past and over the last two years a lot has been spoken about its future.

“Although certainly popular with our tourists, it’s getting the local community to return again to the Museum that is the challenge.”

Over the last 12 months Museum Curator Georgia Luck with the many volunteers and the Advisory Committee have worked on ways to encourage the local community to revisit the Museum.

“Georgia has given the Museum a new lease on life. Over the last 12 months we have seen changing exhibitions, workshops, school holidays programs, music concerts and sold out theatre performances.

“The name change reflects that new things are happening at the Museum all the time.

“The famous Federation Street will remain as a permanent exhibition with discrete audio visuals enhancing the businesses. However there will also be new temporary exhibitions throughout the year as well,” Mayor Kons said.

Museum Curator Georgia Luck said that the new name ‘Burnie Regional Museum’ reflects the recent growth in the size of the Museum’s collection.

“Our collection is now the third largest in the State and the breadth of the collection encompasses the entire North-West Region. This Museum is the major cultural heritage institution in the North-West of the State.

“Many of the collections go beyond the history of the City and are extremely valuable to the history of the entire region. Some good examples are the collections from the Port Authority, the Emu Bay Railway, the APPM and the Van Diemen’s Land Company. They are all highly significant to the region as a whole.”

Museum Curator, Georgia Luck, wishes to see more local people visiting the Museum.

“To encourage this, the Museum is placing more emphasis on having temporary exhibitions and offering many more public programs.

“The next temporary exhibition will celebrate the Museum’s 40th Birthday and pays homage to 1971, the year the Museum opened. It will open to the public on Monday 14 November.

“Be transported back to the era of protests, bell-bottoms, platforms and a lot of hair! Come and reminisce or if you’re too young to remember it, discover what life was like in 1971.

“It is hoped that the rebranding will be just the first step forward for a brighter future for Burnie’s Museum,” she said.

For further information please contact

Libby Jowett
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: ljowett@burnie.net