Fox­ton mu­seum needs vol­un­teers

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By TONY HUNT

I have read and writ­ten a lot about Fox­ton his­tory and I am proud of what has been pre­sented to the pub­lic over the last 50 years. But like all mor­tals I can­not go on for­ever — or much longer for that mat­ter.

The two or­gan­i­sa­tions I have been in­volved with are the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and the Flax Strip­per Mu­seum and both have reached the point of need­ing help.

Al­though the clos­ing of the mu­seum was a blow to the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety it has strug­gled on and now “help is on the way”.

A new com­mit­tee is in the process of be­ing set up with Te Kenehi Tiera, Jenny Lundy and Jim Harper lead­ing the way.

They are pre­pared for the ef­fort that is go­ing to be needed to get the Mu­seum up and run­ning again, and the work that has be done to up­grade the ar­chives col­lec­tion. I am cer­tain they will suc­ceed.

The Flax Strip­per Mu­seum is also in need of new blood. Al­though we are keep­ing the mu­seum open daily for vis­i­tors there are many other du­ties that are not be­ing done ef­fi­ciently.

Our num­ber of trustees has fallen to the low­est al­low­able num­ber of five and three of them are ac­tive in many other or­gan­i­sa­tions. I'm “not as young as I used to be” and can­not do jobs that I used to. We need HELP.

Most of the tasks are rel­a­tively sim­ple, but need to be done reg­u­larly. We are or­gan­is­ing a video pre­sen­ta­tion so that the de­mands on any­one show­ing vis­i­tors around will be much eas­ier.

If you want to learn more about the Flax In­dus­try and Fox­ton's unique place in it we have the in­for­ma­tion. But if you can yield a broom, lift a paint brush, cut some grass and use a hose you will also be most wel­come to come and help.

Con­tact me at the mu­seum be­tween 1 and 3pm daily (ex­cept Sun­day), or ring 363-6846, or email tony_and_ ju­[email protected](un­der­scores each side of and) if you are in­ter­ested in help­ing.

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