Queens Municipality ends lease with Hines

Brittany W. Verge brittany.verge@theadvance.ca
Published on July 8, 2014

The Sherman Hines Museum is moving out of the former town hall in Liverpool by Aug. 31, 2014.  Hines is in the process of moving his photographic displays to his other museum; The Rossignol Cultural Centre.  The sign pictured in this photo says visitors can view Hines’ work along with his displays by Yousuf Karsh and Edward E. Curtis at the Rossignol Cultural Centre.

©Brittany W. Verge

The Sherman Hines Museum is out and the former town hall in Liverpool will soon see new life breathed into it.

Council for the Region of Queens voted to dissolve the lease between Hines and the Region on July 8.

There have been discussions between the mayor, the Region, and various interested community groups on the future use of the former town hall.  Those groups include the Queens Arts Council, Astor Theatre Society, Winds of Change Dramatic Society, Acadia First Nations, and the Mersey Arts Society.

Plans for the new multi-purpose space to be created in the former town hall have not yet been finalized.

“We have discussed the interior layouts and the changes and I think that (the interested groups) want to have one last look before we actually start making structural changes,” says Mayor Clarke.

Mayor Clarke says the Region wants to be sure that those who are going to use the space feel that it is functional. 

There is an application to Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for funding, which the Mayor says they are waiting on. 

“I am optimistic,” says Mayor Clarke.

Hines is moving his photographic collection to his other museum, the Rossignol Cultural Centre.  The aim is for Hines to move out of the space by Aug. 31, 2014, the date that the lease officially ends.

Mayor Chris Clarke says he is happy Hines will continue his photographic displays in the Rossignol Cultural Centre.

“We are pleased that the Sherman Hines Museum of Photography will continue to be housed locally, as it is important in our community to celebrate the work of our local home grown talent who have gone on to be well known for their talents,” says Clarke.