The Southland Museum and Art Gallery has some amazing strengths and some huge issues. The strengths include passionate staff and an amazing collection with a surprising value. The issues are too complex to write about in a few sentences but include governance, finance, under-resourcing, lack of understanding, community buy in, regional support, funding structures, past management failures and more. There is no simple way to resolve any of this.
I believe we need to tell Invercargill’s story. As a first step this will help develop community buy in for the museum. Right now there is no place that tells Invercargill’s story and this is a mistake. This story should be told in our inner city while the pyramid retains the nature focused exhibitions and information.