Mary Grigor Centre receives National Trust Queensland Heritage Award
  • Friday 21 August 2015
The new Mary Grigor Centre

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

Mayor Mark Jamieson accepted the award at Old Government House in Brisbane last night.

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 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.

Mayor Jamieson said it was a great honour to accept the award which was 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,” Mayor Jamieson 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.”

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said 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,” Cr Baberowski 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 the historic Bankfoot House, located in the picturesque Glass House Mountains, from 10am to 3pm on the last Sunday of each and every month.

Come along and learn how pioneering families lived and worked in the 1860s and beyond.

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

Visit Council’s website for more details about Bankfoot House and the Mary Grigor Centre.