Council approves long-term vision for Halton Region Museum

Council approves long-term vision for Halton Region Museum

Release Date: Jun 26, 2014

On June 18, 2014, Regional Council approved the Halton Region Museum Master Plan which details a long-term plan and vision to transform the Halton Region Museum into the Halton Heritage Centre (HHC). The Master Plan outlines a new and innovative model for the delivery of regional heritage services in which the Museum will not only continue to care for the Region’s own collection but will provide professional services in exhibit planning and design, public program development and artifact conservation. The details and strategy for implementing the Halton Heritage Centre will be determined during the Region’s next term of Council.

“The Halton Region Museum continues to explore new ways to reach out to visitors and provide them with experiences that can be enjoyed by the entire family,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr. “The new long-term plan will help develop closer working relationships with the heritage community and historical organizations to help inspire our residents and visitors to enjoy the Region’s heritage and local culture.”

The first new exhibit, Flights of Folly: Learning from the Passenger Pigeon, was recently launched at the Halton Region Museum Visitor Centre on June 11, 2014. Flights of Folly acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon by offering an interactive and educational experience that explores issues surrounding extinction and de-extinction and present-day species at risk.

The Halton Region Museum is located inside Kelso Conservation Area in Milton – the site originally settled in 1836 by Scottish immigrants. Founded in 1961 as the Halton County Museum, it became the responsibility of the Region when the Regional Municipality of Halton was formed in 1974.

If you would like more information about the Halton Region Museum Master Plan or the Flights of Folly exhibit please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/museum.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:
John Summers
Curator
Halton Region Museum
905-875-2200, ext. 27
1-866-442-5866, ext. 27
Cell: 289-259-2114
john.summers@halton.ca

Samantha Thompson
Acting Communications Advisor
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7585
1-866-442-5866, ext. 7585
samantha.thompson@halton.ca