Federal government gives $100,000 grant for Wellington County archives

MP Michael Chong announced funding for the Wellington County Muse­um and Archives on Monday on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore.

The government provided $100,000 through the Muse­ums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The funding will enable the museum to double its archival collection storage area by in­stalling specialized shelving equipment. Construction will be­gin soon on a new wing to accommodate the additional archival storage shelving.

"With its varied program­ming and engaging exhibitions, the Wellington County Muse­um and Archives makes a valu­able contribution to the cultural vitality of this region," said Moore.

"Our government un­der­stands the importance of the arts and culture in building strong communities, and we are proud to support the enhance­ment of museums and galleries that have a positive impact on this community."

Chong said, "We are proud to invest in this superb muse­um’s archival storage capacity. The Wellington County Muse­um and Archives plays an im­portant role in preserving this region’s past through its archi­val collection, which features historical records dating back to the area’s first settlement."

Bonnie Callen,  the admin­is­trator of the Wellington Coun­ty Museum and Archives, said, "We are delighted with the News of the contribution from the government of Canada. The money will be used to assist with the cost of installing compact, moveable shelving in the new 8,100-square-foot arch­ives addition. This type of shelving provides 75 per cent more capacity than fixed shel­ving, and will allow the archives to continue to collect and make accessible its valu­able collection of local history materials."

Surrounded by heritage gardens, the museum is a designated national historic site housing 12 galleries with col­lec­tions reflecting the region’s history.

Exhibitions include dec­orative arts, textiles, his­torical displays, travelling exhi­bitions, and installations by local artists. The museum also organizes a number of community events and activi­ties for all ages.

 This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.