Ex­hibit asks what’s in a name?

Mu­seum goes back to roots for in house look at founders

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The many names en­graved on the en­trance ways of mu­se­ums, li­braries and hos­pi­tals can of­ten mean noth­ing to a per­son read­ing them as they pass. But Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum and Art Gallery staff are pre­par­ing to have the sto­ries be­hind the four peo­ple who have ar­eas in the mu­seum named af­ter them told. The Be­hind the Name ex­hi­bi­tion will open at the mu­seum from May 30 and will tell the sto­ries of Sir Wil­liam Bod­kin, El­iz­a­beth Heafey, John McCraw and Rus­sell Hen­der­son. Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum & Art Gallery pro­ject man­ager Rachel Check­etts said the ex­hi­bi­tion was a good way to make the com­mu­nity aware of sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple within it and recog­nise the four in­di­vid­u­als who helped make Cen­tral Sto­ries what it was to­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cluded two in­ter­pre­ta­tion panels about each per­son; one out­lin­ing their life and an­other fo­cused on their con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­seum and the Cen­tral Otago com­mu­nity. The ex­hi­bi­tion would show­case per­sonal items the mu­seum had in its col­lec­tion – in­clud­ing some rare pieces which have not been on dis­play be­fore such as Sir Bod­kin’s WW1 medals and pass­ports from the 1950s. Those who wanted to share their per­sonal sto­ries and mem­o­ries of any of the four in­di­vid­u­als were wel­come to con­tact the mu­seum. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be the first in house mu­seum de­signed ex­hi­bi­tion in sev­eral years and will run for six weeks.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627931456.

Un­seen his­tory: Cen­tral Sto­ries Mu­seum & Art Gallery pro­ject man­ager Rachel Check­etts holds pre­vi­ously un­seen mem­o­ra­bilia be­long­ing to Sir Wil­liam Bod­kin in­clud­ing per­sonal tick­ets to meet the Queen and pass­ports.

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