Museum misses Mercury move
Maitland Regional Museum (MRM) has missed out in its bid for a $1.5 million grant to convert the former Maitland Mercury building into the group’s permanent home.
Last year MRM applied to the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund for a grant that would have enabled the purchase of the High Street building, which has been vacant since the newspaper moved out in 2012.
If successful MRM would have been able to move forward with plans to create a cultural hub, sharing the space and collaborating with other local groups such as The Clothing Museum, Maitland and District Historical Society, and Maitland and Beyond Family History.
However the museum could still get their hands on a large exhibition space, with the NSW Government announcing late last year that it would pause on the sale of the former East Maitland Lands Office so an earlier proposal from MRM to use the building could be considered.
“We’re ecstatic, because it’s many, many years of hard work,” MRM President Janece McDonald said at the time.
“We’re just over the moon that the Government has finally seen that community means something, especially in Maitland.”