Exhibitions curated for businesses
Businesses around Te Awamutu can have a free pop-up exhibition displaying museum collections tailored to them.
Whether it’s for a lawyer, mechanic, teacher, vet or personal trainer, the Te Awamutu Museum can organise a personal display created from thousands of collections.
The carefully selected items will be on show in an acrylic box display which can stay at the business for up to six months.
Displays are already in place at Walton Street Cafe, the library and the i-Site.
The library display includes photos, newspaper clippings, an 1880 library rule book and a 1928 Te Awamutu Borough Council minute book.
Walton Street Cafe will have a coffee display and the i-Site will have an Otawhao Mission Station display.
Te Awamutu Courier also has an exhibition on long-term loan in its front office. It is a combination of museum material prepared for the 100th Anniversary Exhibition plus the paper’s own artefacts that were part of the show.
Collections manager Haylee Alderson says any type of business can have a display. “If you want it, we’ve pretty much got it.” She says the museum only exhibits around 10 per cent of its collections.
With more 17,000 artefacts and 300 linear metres of archives, it would be impossible for the museum to fit everything into the exhibition spaces.
The other 90 per cent is stored in the museum’s basement and at off-site storage.
“Wewant to share our collection with the community and pique people’s interest in the museum. It gives people a bit of history on the town they work in or live in.”
The initiative aims to bring the library more recognition.
To register your interest for a display, contact the Te Awamutu Museum on 07 872 0085.
Museum collections manager Haylee Alderson sets up the display at the Te Awamutu library.