You may have noticed some unusual activity going on at the Miller Bakehouse Museum on Baal Street in Palmyra, home of the Melville History Society.
The bakery was built in 1935 and restored in 1988 by the City of Melville. It is now undergoing some renovations.
As of 19 August 2019, the Miller Bakehouse Museum will be closed for about 8 to 10 weeks.
The museum holds some great historic items that are being carefully stored during this time using techniques meeting museum standards and documentation for archiving. The items were handled with care and stored in acid free boxes and handled with gloves.
Some of the work being undertaken includes the restoration of the large, arched oven which requires solid supports throughout and the temporary removal of some roof tiles.
The building is also receiving bits of new footing. Some of the work has required temporary removal of the rear ramp in order to access the underpinning works. This will be replaced prior to completion.
The chimney is receiving pointing mortar to match the original base mortar as is some of the rear building. Some rafters and beams are being replaced or repaired.
It will be exciting to see it all complete.