Very little trash, lots of treasure as ACMHF downsizes pre-move

FOR THE RECORD: Australian Country Music Hall of Fame secretary Athol Latham with a small portion of the records, CDs, books and things they wish to sell before moving out. And surprisingly, they're not all country! Photo: Barry Smith 180614BSC01

FOR THE RECORD: Australian Country Music Hall of Fame secretary Athol Latham with a small portion of the records, CDs, books and things they wish to sell before moving out. And surprisingly, they're not all country! Photo: Barry Smith 180614BSC01

WHAT do you do when you’re moving? Have a garage sale, of course!

That’s the motivation behind the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame starting to clear hundreds of records, CDs, books and memorabilia before the organisation “moves house” to the Tamworth Visitor Information Centre building, on the corner of Peel and Murray streets.

The big move from Brisbane St to its new home will take about three months to complete, hall of fame president Eric Scott said.

“Most of us have moved house and know what a business that can be,” he said.

“Just imagine what moving a museum would entail. It’s going to be quite a logistical feat to achieve, but we’re all quite convinced it’s doable – and will be infinitely more so if we don’t have so much stuff to pack, hence the reason for the ‘moving sale’.”

With the big move imminent, Mr Scott said it would be a fabulous thing to see any Tamworth residents who had not yet visited the hall of fame over the past 20 years.

“We hear all the time there are people in town who say they ‘really should visit the museum’ or they’ve ‘always planned to go there’,” he said.

“It would be lovely if all of those people came to see us and what we’ve been doing here at the Mechanics Institute before we move to our new home.

“We’re inviting everyone to come in and say hooray to the hall before we shut the doors here just after the Hats Off weekend. That’s when we will start the bulk of the packing process.”

The hall of fame is located diagonally opposite The Northern Daily Leader in Brisbane St, between the Imperial Hotel and the Centrepoint car park. It opens at 10am most days.

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