12 December 2016

Eden Hore feasibility study report released ahead of Naseby meeting this Thursday

​8 December 2016
The future of the Eden Hore Collection will be a topic for discussion by the Central Otago district councillors at Council's final meeting for the year.
The feasibility study report, funded through a Lottery WWI Commemoration Environment and Heritage grant was commissioned by Council to investigate options for the long-term care, management and display of the Eden Hore Collection. Tim Walker, principal consultant of the company that prepared the report, will attend the 14 December meeting to present the report to Council and the ideologies behind it.
The feasibility study report highlights three key concepts that underpin the value of the collection:
  1. The Collection: this nationally significant collection of avant garde 1970s-1980s fashion provides a unique insight into the fashion industry and NZ social history of the time;
  2. The Story: the collection has a rich story value both for avant garde fashion and the big sky thinking of Central Otago high country impresario Eden Hore;
  3. The Experience: high quality visitor experiences could be developed that celebrate the collection.
The feasibility study assessed options available to Council in terms of the nature and level of outcomes it might deliver in relationship to ownership of the collection, which will be presented to Council for discussion. These include selling the collection, retaining it with limited public display options, and retaining the collection and developing a strategic coalition model for is management care, promotion and display.
The report to Council proposes that Council confirms its intent to continue ownership of the Collection and adopts a phased approach to the development of the Eden Hore Central Otago proposition, with a focus for this financial year on garment care, cataloguing and story development.
The report will be discussed in open meeting, which means the public is welcome to attend and sit in the gallery seating. The Council meeting begins at 11am and the item, going to the Community Services Committee, should be discussed about 11.30am.​
Mr Walker will also present his report at a public meeting the following day, 15 December, at the Naseby Town Hall, starting at 5pm.