‘It’s like living in a sieve,’ says museum director Mary Pat Mombourquette
The Cape Breton Miners Museum in Glace Bay, N.S., is struggling to raise money on its own while making a plea for government funding to save it from closure.
A building audit done more than a year ago identified a badly leaking roof, air quality issues originating in the building’s distinctive tower and other structural problems, according to museum director Mary Pat Mombourquette.
“The ceiling keeps collapsing. We’re losing more and more every day, and with the rain we lose a good chunk,” she said. “There’s problems with the foundation, problems with the walls, with the window, with the doors. Everything is leaking heat and everything is letting in rain. It’s like living in a sieve.”
“If we’re in an unsafe building, we’re at risk of closure,” Mombourquette said. The museum is turning to all three levels of government for funding, along with its own efforts.
“We had a turkey dinner at the Miner’s Village restaurant [adjacent to the museum], and they’ve been doing haunted walks around the museum.”
Mombourquette said they’re also going to do some other major fundraising throughout the fall.
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