Glenhyrst demonstrates the successful operation of a historic site beyond interpretation and preservation, offering an alternative visitor experience that honours the heritage features of the site. Although there is limited active interpretation of the site’s history, the activities that take place at Glenhyrst attract significant community participation. The City is proud of the site, as witnessed in its investment in careful maintenance of the grounds and buildings, and in the trust it has in the Gallery’s capacity to offer the innovative programming. The result is a widely valued community landmark with a sustainable operating model that will last into the future.
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.