Early works have begun for a new world-class, purpose-built storage facility that will preserve the state’s important cultural collection for future generations.
The $86.5 million build is set to create more than 733 jobs over the next 3 years and replace current, sub-standard facilities.
Artefacts including South Australia’s significant Aboriginal artefacts – the largest and most comprehensive collection of Aboriginal cultural material in the world – are rotated on display through the state’s cultural institutions, but more than 90 per cent of South Australia’s irreplaceable cultural collection is held in storage at any given time.
The new facility will store the collection in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment, with integrated pest control, robust security and specialised fire services to protect South Australia’s collections when not displayed.
The Cultural Institutions Collections Storage Project is overseen by the Cultural Institutions Storage Steering Committee, including the South Australian Museum, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artlab Australia, History Trust of SA, State Library of SA and the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.
Construction of the facility is expected to be completed by December 2023.