Heritage calendar hunts down old school photos
They may have been the best of days, or the worst, but ‘school days, rule days’ remain forever memorable.
‘School Days’ is the 2018 topic for the Palmerston North Heritage Trust themed calendar, which annually focuses on an aspect of the city’s history.
Heritage Trust chair Margaret Tennant said members of the public are invited to submit photographs of school life and school activities from any era, to be considered for the publication, due out before the annual History Week at the beginning of November.
‘‘While class photos are always welcome, we especially hope for a wide range showing, for example, school events, classroom scenes, school milk, medical inspections, swimming classes, fancy dress, teachers interacting with students, journeys to and from school, school patrols, and the like,’’ Tennant said.
History didn’t all take place in black and white, and contributions can include colour photographs from the ‘‘recent past’’, along with names of those pictured and any background information.
‘‘Members of the trust have a great time selecting and researching the photographs,’’ Tennant said.
While only 13 photographs will be chosen for the calendar, the underlying purpose of the project is to advance awareness of the city archives.
‘‘Even if photographs supplied are unsuitable for the calendar, they would make a welcome addition to City Library’s digital image collection on the Manawatu Heritage website.’’
The 2017 calendar featured the city’s animal heritage showing among other scenes, draught horses at work, sheep dog mascots, and a couple of WWI soldiers out rabbiting with their ferrets.
Previous themes have included transport, marches and parades, brick buildings, with one of the most popular being 2014’s train calendar.
A non-profit making publication, the $10 calendar price goes to cover production costs.
People with photos they would like considered for the 2018 calendar should contact City Library’s Heritage team leader Lesley Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributors can keep their originals, bringing their photographs to the library’s Research and Heritage section on the second floor, for scanning.
These maypole girls at the Shannon public school were photographed circa 1895 - 1905.