Consistent and appropriate staffing makes all the difference. High staff turnover among owners, operators, and third parties is one of the most cited issues at shared stewardship sites, creating ruptures in the relationship.
Progress is often delayed or derailed as new staff is oriented to site details and relationship history. A lack of documentation creates issues for those stepping into a new role as they attempt to navigate the relationship with inadequate knowledge.
An operator’s ability to effectively staff a site is tied to funding availability. When a site is not managed under secure and sustainable financial circumstances, there are fewer opportunities for a full, permanent team of staff. Overreliance on the support of passionate volunteers in place of paying skilled professionals, as is commonly seen, is not sustainable in the long term.
Strong communication is the key to a positive partnership. When communication is fraught, it can lead to breakdown in other areas of site management.
Glenhyrst’s long-standing vision and mandate as an art gallery has created an undeniable stability. However, the real success of the site is based on the active collaboration between the partners.
The Halifax Citadel is a restored military fortification that sits atop Citadel Hill, built to defend the town against enemies beginning in the 18th century. Today, the responsibility of interpretation is shared by Parks Canada, Halifax Citadel Society, and The Army Museum, who each contribute to animating the site in a unique way.