Timber industry museum expected to start soon

Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Shire of Manjimup project officer Jessica Winters and Creative Spaces director Rikki Clarke, pictured with an old timber saw, are planning to give the State Timber Museum a new lease on life with planning and design work already in process.
Camera IconShire of Manjimup project officer Jessica Winters and Creative Spaces director Rikki Clarke, pictured with an old timber saw, are planning to give the State Timber Museum a new lease on life with planning and design work already in process. Credit: Cecilia Allen / Manjimup- Bridgetown Times

Planning and design work on the State Timber Museum has begun in a bid to conserve the important collection that represents the significance of the timber industry to the region.

The museum, built in 1977, has been closed for about five years because objects were not secure and the building was deteriorating.

Refurbishments will begin in the coming months and will include building works, new exhibitions and an industry worker memorial.

Manjimup Shire Council is also seeking members who can contribute stories and information regarding the timber industry for the new museum displays.

“Capturing the timber industry’s role in Western Australia, including the shaping of towns within the Shire of Manjimup is an important piece of history which will be preserved in the restoration of the unique building that houses the timber museum,” shire president Paul Omodei said.

“The community input into the new displays is welcome and necessary to accurately represent the industry’s rich history.”

Suzanne Hunt Architects will be the lead consultants for the project and will collaborate with Creative Spaces, Clinton Long Project Management, Plan E, Stephen Carrick Architects and the council.

“I’m really excited to be bringing this iconic Marshall Clifton-designed building back to life for the next century and creating a state of the art interpretation centre and memorial for the community,” Suzanne Hunt said.

The museum is expected to be completed mid-2018.

It is a key element of the Manjimup Town Centre Revitalisation project.

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