Exhibit asks what’s in a name?
Museum goes back to roots for in house look at founders
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.
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.