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The University of Sydney has announced it will build a new museum to house and display its extensive collections.
The project will redevelop the university’s historic Macleay Museum building and the neighbouring Edgeworth David building with a modern extension linking the two, to create a new 6,000-square metre facility. It will also include a 240-seat theatre and conservation laboratory spaces.
The museum will provide much-needed additional exhibition space and consolidate the university’s 700,000 artefacts from its artistic, scientific and archeological collections. Only one percent of this can currently be displayed.
“The museum will enrich the cultural life of the Australian community and our international visitors and will profoundly benefit the university’s teaching and research,” said Dr Michael Spence, vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney. “It will give academics, students and the community a new appreciation of the relevance and value of the collections.” […]