BELLEVILLE, Ontario, November 10, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Access to artifacts and architecture that are significant to Canada's history will be preserved, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament (Prince Edward-Hastings), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
With this funding, the City of Belleville will support the renovation and rebuilding of the Glanmore National Historic Site. Through this project, the museum will ensure the safety and preservation of the museum's collection for future generations.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in cultural facilities like the Glanmore National Historic Site," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these infrastructure projects, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"I am pleased to see our Government invest in this historic site in Belleville," said Mr. Kramp. "The preservation of the Glanmore National Historic Site's painted ceilings and the continued access to this heritage space is important to our community's cultural vitality."
"The City of Belleville has the responsibility of preserving and presenting the Glanmore National Historic Site for the people of Canada. This contribution will allow us to stabilize and restore the original hand-painted plaster ceilings on the main floor that are currently at risk," said Neil Ellis, Mayor of the City of Belleville. "The assistance of the Government of Canada with this project is essential and greatly appreciated."
The Corporation of the City of Belleville owns and operates the Glanmore National Historic Site, which was awarded its designation in 1969 for its outstanding example of domestic Second Empire architecture. The site operates as a year-round museum and contains many of the original 1883 home's domestic artifacts and paintings. The museum's collection includes period furniture, decorative arts, and paintings of national significance, as well as 18th and 19th century European art, jewellery and silver, and 400 lighting artifacts depicting the history of illumination.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $130,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.