The Mary Grigor Centre.
The Mary Grigor Centre. Contributed

Mary Grigor Centre wins National Trust Qld Heritage Award

THE design and construction of the Mary Grigor Centre, an archival and interpretive centre located within the Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct at Glass House Mountains, has been recognised with a Gold Award in the National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards.

Mayor Mark Jamieson accepted the award at Old Government House in Brisbane on August 20.

The National Trust awards highlight projects and people that demonstrate excellence in the conservation and promotion of Queensland's historic and Indigenous cultural heritage.

Funded by the council's Heritage Levy, the Mary Grigor Centre received the top prize within the Agency Conservation category which was open to government agencies and government organisations at any level for programs and projects that demonstrated excellence in planning, conservation, interpretation and promotion of heritage.

Cr Jamieson said it was a great honour to accept the award which was a fitting recognition of the vision and commitment to both the conservation and interpretation of the heritage-listed Bankfoot House Precinct, and the new Mary Grigor Centre.

"This unique project demonstrates best practice in planning excellence and innovation in conservation of a museum quality archival collection," he said.

"The purpose-built Centre provides an enhanced visitor experience offering 24/7 climate control archival storage for the paper and textile collections, work space for the Friends of Bankfoot House, visitor and interpretative space and public amenities.

"Council now offers a cultural destination that conserves, interprets and engages while maintaining the integrity of a significant Queensland heritage listed site.

"I'd like to pay tribute and thank everyone who has made a contribution to the centre and the overall Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct and encourage all of our coast residents to take a look at a special place in our region."

Division 1 councillor Rick Baberowski said the council identified the Bankfoot House site as having cultural and historical significance to the area and purchased the property specifically to conserve the collection and to facilitate community access.

"Bankfoot House is the oldest surviving building in the Glass House Mountains district and is important in demonstrating the pattern and nature of pioneering settlement in the region," he said.

"Bankfoot House holds a closed collection of approximately 6000 pieces and through the ongoing research of the dedicated Friends of Bankfoot House has deepened the understanding of the collection and its context.

"The Friends have been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Mary Grigor Centre, named after renowned local woman Mary Grigor who lived in Bankfoot House in the 1800s, by their dedication, high skill level and commitment."

All are welcome at Bankfoot House from 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of every month.

Visitors can learn how pioneering families lived and worked in the 1860s and beyond.

The cost is $5 per adult and children are free.

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