The BIG project at Kandos Museum over the past 18 months has been the development of a Masterplan with bold change and plans for transforming an interesting small town museum to one of national significance as ‘Kandos Museum – Museum of Concrete’.
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This project involved many people with 100’s of hours of thought and work in the development of the plan.
Kandos Museum sought the wisdom of many, consulting widely within the local community of Mid-Western Regional Council LGA, industry groups and industry with a connection to cement making and concrete, the tourism and visitor economy sectors and, importantly, industry leaders and wise-heads in the museum and cultural sectors.
Two questions became front of mind: “what is the story we are try to tell” and “to whom and to how many we need to tell it”. From these fundamental questions of story and audience flowed a myriad of other questions, constraints and considerations.
The Masterplan calls for bold change to Kandos Museum, a change transforming an interesting small town museum to one of national significance with visitor numbers lifted from 3000 per year to 30,000 per year with an expanded roles in education and the visitor economy.
Kandos has at its heart a great story, the story of how a small town was born at the start of the 20th Century to help build a new nation by making cement. An expanded museum needs an expanded story. Concrete is the most widely material used today. Concrete is now literally the foundation stone of our civilization.
This is the story of the Kandos Museum – Museum of Concrete.
We are indebted to all that shared their insights, knowledge, experiences and enthusiasm.
The team at Create NSW and our friends and colleagues at Port Macquarie Museum, Transport Heritage NSW, Museums & Galleries of NSW, Engineers Australia, ArchitectureAU, UNSW and Sydney University plus many more. This project would not have been possible without the enthusiasm of our state and federal members, Paul Toole MP and Andrew Gee MP.
We were also very fortunate to have been able to engage some outstanding talent to help us develop the Kandos Museum Masterplan. Our heart felt thanks to Andrew Overton of Overton Creative, Peter Tonkin and crew of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Richard Green of Richard Green Consulting, Jim Disher of TriAxial and James Marshall of Centennial.
This project was supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW’s Creative Capital Fund.