Pataka rolls out col­lec­tion for dis­play

The Horowhenua Mail - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Nearly all of Pataka’s 25,000 ob­jects are on dis­play in two exhibitions while its stor­age fa­cil­i­ties are up­graded.

Many of the ob­jects in the Rec­ol­lec­tions ex­hi­bi­tion came from Porirua Mu­seum and some have been taken out of stor­age for the first time since they came to Pataka in 1982.

Rec­ol­lec­tions fea­tures an eclec­tic se­lec­tion of per­sonal and house­hold items from the early and mid-20th cen­tury, with ev­ery­thing from tooth­paste and med­i­cal equip­ment to an ar­ray of vac­uum clean­ers, toys and old tools on dis­play.

Next door is the hoe and the hoiho ex­hi­bi­tion, in which Ti­tahi Bay born artist Wayne Youle has put his spin on the ob­jects out of stor­age, cu­rat­ing them to ex­plore the idea of value.

Mu­seum reg­is­trar Lau­reen Sadlier said the exhibitions showed the vast size and va­ri­ety of the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion ‘‘as we’ve never been able to re­veal be­fore’’.

Two of her favourites are an old il­lu­mi­nated shop sign that reads: Buy your Gold Ticket Here, and a gas mask in its box.

It also show­cases much of Pataka’s Maori and art col­lec­tion, with paint­ings and prints cover­ing the walls from ceil­ing to floor.

‘‘It re­ally was a bit like Christ­mas here as we opened up boxes for the first time since they came to Pataka – we never quite knew what we’d find.

‘‘It was pretty chaotic be­fore and this up­grade will en­sure we can keep our ob­jects in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion and it will make bet­ter use of our stor­age space, al­low­ing us to bet­ter or­gan- ise our ob­jects.’’

As part of the pro­ject, the Pataka team is tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to re­fine the col­lec­tion.

‘‘All our ob­jects must be of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to the devel­op­ment of Porirua City and its peo­ple.’’

Many of the his­tor­i­cal ob­jects cur­rently on dis­play will fea­ture in sev­eral his­tory exhibitions in the pipe­line for this year and next.

The exhibitions will run un­til Au­gust 27, while the stor­age ar­eas are up­graded.

They will get new wall lin­ings and in­su­la­tion and top qual­ity mu­seum stan­dard fit­tings, in­clud­ing rolling shelves and art hanging racks.

Pataka mu­seum reg­is­trar Lau­reen Sadlier at the Rec­ol­lec­tions ex­hi­bi­tion.

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