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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



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



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


Phase One

Existing Conditions


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.


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


Phase One

Phase Two


Children’s Museum in Mount Joy Schoolhouse

History at Play area

Reorganized Heritage Village

Phase Two



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


Phase Three

Phase Two


Expanded Reception Centre

Archaeological Dig Experience

New Parking Lot on Site of Education Building

Phase Three




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