The provincial government will provide $48,000 to support the expansion of the Placentia West Heritage Committee’s facilities at the Boat Harbour intersection on the Burin Peninsula highway.
The funds will be used to construct a new experiential heritage shop, or economuseum, which will compliment the existing restaurant and museum.
Innovation, Business and Rural Development Minister Keith Hutchings said “This new enterprise will offer visitors the opportunity to explore and experience traditional craft through the production of goods in a workshop-style environment, which will both preserve and promote traditional artistry.
“With this $48,000 investment, we are creating a win/win situation where the committee can provide a sales venue for local crafts people, while also ensuring that traditional craft knowledge and skill is preserved, shared and celebrated.”
The Placentia West Heritage Committee currently operates the Livyer’s Lot museum and the Tea Rose restaurant out of separate buildings on the same site. Completion of the new facility will see the construction of a central structure, unifying and enhancing the existing structures, establishing an interactive, heritage focused shop.
The Heritage Committee seeks to provide visitors and craftspeople with an environment to learn, interpret, interact and/or participate in traditional culture and heritage as presented through art and craft.
The new facility is scheduled to open in May 2014.
Committee chair Elizabeth Murphy said “Over the last two years we have increased activities at the Livyer's Lot site but were constrained by the lack of space. We look forward to the continued increase of our customer base as we add new activities for our visitors and residents once the building is complete.”
Tourism and Culture Minister Terry French indicated visitors want to experience authentic arts and crafts from artisans created here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
When the extension is in place, the Placentia West Heritage Committee will be able to extend its activities beyond sales to include interpretation of, and instruction in, the traditional methods used to produce the textile crafts offered for sale on site.
Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman called the funding an important investment in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Initiatives of this nature help secure long-term sustainability of tourism.”