An important part of Nova Scotia’s industrial heritage will be protected as a $1.1 million maintenance project begins at the Balmoral Grist Mill in Balmoral Mills, Colchester Co. The museum will be closed to the public beginning Monday, Aug. 15, for the remainder of the summer and fall season for repairs to the museum’s dam and walkway. “Nova Scotia’s museums promote life-long learning in communities around the province and support our valuable tourism industry,” said acting Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Frank Corbett. “We’re pleased to be making this investment in the Balmoral Grist Mill as part of government’s commitment to make life better for families in every region.” Repairs are necessary to maintain the safety and protect the natural environment of the museum and surrounding area. The museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum system, a network of 27 sites across the province. To experience the local history of the milling industry, people are encouraged to visit the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum, located about a 10-minute drive away from the Balmoral Grist Mill Museum, at 3169 Denmark Station Rd., Denmark. Milled flour from the Balmoral Grist Mill will be available for purchase at Sutherland Steam Mill Museum. The Balmoral Grist Mill Museum is expected to reopen in June 2012, following its regular seasonal operating schedule. For more information call 902-657-3016 or visit http://gristmill.museum.gov.ns.ca.