Ex­hi­bi­tions cu­rated for busi­nesses

Waikato News - - Front Page - Bethany Tiddy

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.

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