In the past, the steep stairwell has hindered access to this area. Of the 15,000 visitors to the Museum and Art gallery in 2015, over one third were seniors and many more visiting groups with mobility issues were unable to see the exhibitions. We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Special Project is the installation of a lift from the Visitor Information Centre to the first floor of the Museum and Art gallery. Recent advances in elevator technology have enabled a unit to be installed within the framework of Heritage Building Guidelines. An internal lift unit can be installed without disturbing the fabric of the building. The project will cost approximately $100,000. Partial funding for this project was supplied by a successful grant application of $49,950 from the 2016 Wheat belt Community Chest Grant, which has allowed us to order the lift itself. As you can see, there is much work to do prior to installation.

Scope of works:

  • Purchase of Lift: $56,870
  • Carpentry: $9,500
  • Construct steel work: $7,500
  • Repaint: $1,500
  • Brickwork: $ 3,000
  • Electrical works: $5,000
  • Contractors Costs: $9,500
  • Architect and Engineer Fees: $6,000

As with most grants, successful applicants are required to make an in-kind contribution and to seek additional funding. The Benedictine Community has made a substantial contribution to the project through commissioning its heritage architects and engineers for the preliminary work, and by employing external contractors and using its own maintenance team to undertake all the associated works. We now turn to you, our Friends, to ask for your assistance in raising the $40,000 needed to complete this very important addition to the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery. We hope this appeal will be of interest to many of our Friends. The Museum and Art gallery is an integral part of the visible history at New Norcia and we are excited that this will soon become accessible to everyone. Work has commenced on this project and it is hoped that it should be finished mid 2017.

Donations to this project are tax deductible and can be sent via a cheque to “Monochorum Ltd”, or through the website on the DONATE tab on the homepage: www.newnorcia.wa.edu.au.

Museum floor removed for lift installation.


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