Public meeting: Significant papers celebrating PHM campaign anniversary, 2022
2 November, 2022
‘Successful public meeting to celebrate PHM campaign anniversary’
The Save the Powerhouse Museum community group reported by email and in Facebook, that ‘As many of you know, ‘Save the Powerhouse’ organised a public meeting last Friday (October 28) at the Ultimo Community Centre to ‘mark the 8th anniversary of the campaign to save the Powerhouse Museum‘, and we were impressed by the knowledge and obvious dedication of people who attended from our local area. Equally impressive were the insights of a number of distinguished speakers on different aspects of museum management.’ They provide details about founding PHM Director Dr Lindsay Sharp; Deputy Lord Mayor Sylvie Ellsmore; Kylie Winkworth, former Powerhouse trustee; former Transport Curator Andrew Grant and heritage consultant Alan Croker.
‘Messages of support were received and read from Senator David Shoebridge http://tiny.cc/0wj0vz and Shadow Arts Minister John Graham http://tiny.cc/zvj0vz , and former PHM Deputy Director Jennifer Sanders capably moderated the whole event. ‘See video for whole event here: Video.
‘A lively Q&A session followed, when community members indicated unanimously that
– the ‘renewal’ as proposed needs complete revision to reflect PHM‘s traditional status as a professional MUSEUM (of Applied Arts and Sciences) rather than reduce it to a mere ‘facility’
– the whole approach of the proposed renewal is too “commercial’ and
– there has been no genuine consultation with the community about a PHM “renewal”
These key points have been incorporated in a draft resolution summarising the general direction of the meeting .
And they remind us: ‘Watch this space for news of more ‘Save‘ events in the four months leading up to the NSW state elections in March 2023, and a hoped-for change of Government!’ Read more here. Report public meeting 28 Oct
In following days, Save the Powerhouse summarised the content of the talks given, and extracted links for the video presentations for each speaker. These can be seen and heard in the following document: Save the Powerhouse-talks from meeting 28 Oct