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Markham Museum and Historic Village. Master Plan – Draft Final Report Presentation December 13, 2004. The Planning Process. Interpretative Planning – Concept Development Assessment of Museum Extensive Consultations – Internal and External Development of Concept Options Visioning Session

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Markham museum and historic village

Markham Museum and Historic Village

Master Plan – Draft Final Report Presentation

December 13, 2004


The planning process

The Planning Process

  • Interpretative Planning – Concept Development

    • Assessment of Museum

    • Extensive Consultations – Internal and External

    • Development of Concept Options

    • Visioning Session

  • Concept Plan

    • Exhibition, Programme, Space, Operations, and Staffing Plans

  • Business Plan

    • Capital Costs

    • Attendance, Operating Revenue and Expense Projections


Markham museum and historic village

Existing Conditions


Key findings governance

Key Findings: Governance

  • Museum is now – and should continue to be – a line department of the Town of Markham

  • Existing Advisory Board staffed by committed volunteers but confusion exists within Board as to proper role

  • Advisory Board members have little experience with fundraising


Key findings visitor experience

Key Findings: Visitor Experience

  • There is a reserve of good will toward the Museum in the Town of Markham, BUT:

  • Museum’s presentation of the Town’s pioneer history has limited relevance to a large and growing proportion of residents

  • Museum has suffered from incoherent site planning

  • Some buildings closed, others uninterpreted, many in disrepair

  • Overall visitor experience is weak


Key findings collections and market

Key Findings: Collections and Market

  • Museum’s collections particularly strong in late 19th-early 20th century agricultural history and archival holdings – but public access to collections is limited at present

  • Museum operates in a crowded market context – one of several heritage villages in the area

  • Very few “drop-in” visitors; most arrive during one of the Museum’s special events

  • Museum is doing all in its power to maximize attendance and earned income in the face of ongoing staff and resource shortfalls


Museum planning principles

Museum Planning Principles

  • Museum must serve all of the people of Markham

  • Material heritage of Markham must be preserved

  • Revitalized Museum must be more distinctive

  • Master Plan must bring it to life

  • Reorganization of site and buildings key

  • Must be a focus on children and intergenerational experiences


Visioning session options for redevelopment

Visioning Session: Options for Redevelopment

  • Option 1: Maintenance of Heritage Village as a “Heritage Programming Site”

  • Option 2: “Markham Heritage Adventure” Living History and Heritage Site

  • Option 3: Interactive Multicultural Museum


Chosen option

Chosen Option:


First steps

First Steps

  • Advisory Board should evolve into a “Friends of the Markham Museum” fundraising organization, on the model of many government-owned museum organizations (including Pickering Museum Village)

  • Collection management issues should be resolved


Suggested phasing plan

Suggested Phasing Plan

  • Phase 1:

    • A new Reception Centre (under construction)

    • A Heritage Carnival attraction (partially realized)

    • Ward Building reconstruction (collections storage centre with visible storage display)

    • Multicultural celebration field


Markham museum and historic village

Phase One

Existing Conditions


Markham museum and historic village

New Reception Centre

Reconstructed Ward Building

Multicultural Celebration Field

Fair Grounds

Phase One


Focus on the ward building

Focus on the Ward Building

  • Collections stored or on display in the Ward Building are showing damage due to water incursion and humidity fluctuations

  • Concurrent Ward Building Study shows that it will be more cost-efficient to reconstruct than repair the building.


Markham museum and historic village

Visible Storage

Ward Building


Suggested phasing plan phase 2

Suggested Phasing Plan: Phase 2

  • Children’s Museum in Mount Joy Schoolhouse

  • Renovations of selected village buildings

  • Rational downsizing of heritage village (deaccessioning and removal of several buildings)

  • Conversion of existing Strickler Barn to theatre or amphitheatre

  • “History at Play” area


Markham museum and historic village

Phase One

Phase Two


Markham museum and historic village

Children’s Museum in Mount Joy Schoolhouse

History at Play area

Reorganized Heritage Village

Phase Two


Markham museum and historic village

Children’s Museum


Suggested phasing plan phase 3

Suggested Phasing Plan – Phase 3

  • Expansion of Reception Centre to provide enhanced public experience, collection storage, and revenue generation (rental) space

  • Archaeological “dig” experience near site of former Eby Pottery (near Mount Joy Schoolhouse)

  • Removal of Education Building to make way for parking area


Markham museum and historic village

Phase Three

Phase Two


Markham museum and historic village

Expanded Reception Centre

Archaeological Dig Experience

New Parking Lot on Site of Education Building

Phase Three


Markham museum and historic village

Final Vision


General discussion

General Discussion


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