I was told by a very wise museum professional last year that to hope to have a new museum in place inside a year was extremely optimistic. Even a small one. I think I could hear the word “crazy” in her sub-textual language.
So where are we now?
Honestly, little has occurred to the physical structure since May. We discovered a fairly large roof leak that fortunately occurred while the space was essentially empty. How lucky is that? For good or ill, we are part of a university and share maintenance and construction with many departments. As a “non-revenue generating, non-essential” department, we are far down the list of real priorities in the larger scheme.
Planning goes forward
I have visited several other museums in the interim and we continue to develop the plan and, in the mean time, some actual research is happening.
Art is commissioned
Our artists in Communication Services are working to create some new designs for T-shirts, mugs, and the like and we like what we are seeing so far.
Vendors are researched
Having never developed a museum it is sometimes difficult to know where to start for odd-ball museum goodies on a budget. Good stuff is being located.
and finally, a completely new website is under development
I intend to upkeep this blog, however slow it may be, but the University has finally dove in and is re-working the entire website. Our expected launch should come in the winter with a hoped-for opening of the new facility will be in the early spring.
In the interim, I intend to keep the old museum open for as long as possible because, until we have a space to move into, there won’t be much to see there. And for the positive responses to the last post, both public and private, as well as the safe return of many appropriated objects from the Landmark, I want to personally thank you.