The Rooms Corporation today announced a private donation of $1 million from Elinor Gill Ratcliffe that will be used to construct a new gallery to house a social history of Newfoundland and Labrador exhibit.
Ratcliffe is described as a humanitarian, philanthropist and a member of both The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Order of Canada.
The new gallery will be named The Elinor Gill Ratcliffe Gallery and will be built above the Husky Energy Gallery on the 4th floor of The Rooms.
"On behalf of the board of directors, I wish to thank Ms. Ratcliffe for her generosity and commitment to the preservation of the social history of our province," said Tom Foran, chairman of The Rooms board of directors.
"Ms. Ratcliffe's contribution will help preserve our rich culture and history for generations to come"
With this contribution, The Rooms has secured approximately $4 million of the $5 million budget required to complete its 4th floor exhibits. In addition to the gift from Ratcliffe, $2.5 million has been contributed by Husky Energy and another $450,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Cultural Spaces Fund.
Construction work on The Elinor Gill Ratcliffe Gallery is scheduled to begin in September with an anticipated opening in 2013.