The State Government plans to close the Powerhouse Museum, the principal institution of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, and sell the site to enable the construction of another residential tower in Ultimo. A new museum will be built on the site of the old David Jones carpark in Parramatta, about one hectare in area. The Premier has said that the Parramatta facility would open in 2022 and become Australia’s answer to the Smithsonian, the iconic US museum system.
A group of interested people, with a wide range of skills and knowledge, is examining the issues involved. It seems that there is little understanding of the complexity of the move. The group also believes that there is little appreciation of the heritage values of the buildings and indeed of the institution itself.
A summary of their investigations will be presented by Tom Lockley in a public talk for the Pyrmont History Group at The Station, from 5pm on Sunday 19 June.
As usual, entry is free and everyone is welcome. For further information, call Donald on 0429 679204.