Maitland Regional Museum vice-president Helen Hopcroft on a museum space in the old Maitland Mercury building

By Dr Helen Hopcroft (rca) (aka Marie Antoinette)
Updated September 25 2018 - 2:13pm, first published 2:00pm
Helen Hopcroft as Marie Antoinette
Helen Hopcroft as Marie Antoinette

Maitland Regional Museum has tabled a submission to transform the old Maitland Mercury building into a museum. Museum vice-president Helen Hopcroft explains why it would be a huge boon for the city.

On Friday, Maitland Regional Museum lodged a large grant application to buy the old Maitland Mercury building and convert it into a museum space and cultural hub. The building has stood empty for many years, and, if successful, will become a permanent home for not only the museum but a number of the city’s other cultural, heritage and community groups. While it is not the museum’s primary purpose, the ground floor at the rear of the building would be converted into artists’ studios, as a way of keeping creative people and businesses in the CBD. 

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