For­mer di­rec­tor made fel­low of mu­seum

The Northland Age - - Feature -

Stu­art Park, who has lived in Kerik­eri since 1999, was last week named a Fel­low of Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum

He was one of four “out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als” who re­ceived medals in recog­ni­tion of the ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions they had made to the mu­seum and the cul­tural sec­tor in gen­eral.

Mr Park was ap­pointed di­rec­tor of Auck­land Mu­seum in 1979, af­ter 11 years as Otago Mu­seum’s an­thro­pol­o­gist. Dur­ing his 14 years there he un­der­took a num­ber of ini­tia­tives in terms of pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional dis­plays, while the vol­un­teer guides were re­cruited, and a news­let­ter for in­sti­tute and mu­seum mem­bers was pro­duced.

Un­der his di­rec­tor­ship im­prove­ments were be­gun in col­lec­tion stor­age and care, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of the mu­seum’s con­ser­va­tion fa­cil­ity, and a num­ber of staff ap­point­ments were made to strengthen sci­en­tific and muse­o­log­i­cal work. The first steps were taken into the dig­i­tal world, be­gin­ning in col­lec­tion regis­tra­tion, and a pro­gramme of ma­jor build­ing strength­en­ing, main­te­nance and re­fur­bish­ment was ini­ti­ated.

He also un­der­took pol­icy de­vel­op­ment for the Mu­seum Coun­cil, and was in­volved in the 1980 amend­ment to the Mu­seum Act, and in the preparatio­ns for the cur­rent Auck­land Mu­seum Act 1996.

In 1993 Mr Park joined the ex­hi­bi­tion de­vel­op­ment team for what be­came Te Papa, in Welling­ton, and was ap­pointed di­rec­tor mu­seum re­sources when it opened in 1998. The fol­low­ing year he moved to Kerik­eri, to es­tab­lish the North­land of­fice of Her­itage New Zealand, where he worked with built her­itage and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites, of­fer­ing ad­vice and sup­port to lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and pub­lic and pri­vate own­ers of her­itage places.

Mr Park re­tired in 2012 but con­tin­ues to ac­tively pur­sues in­ter­ests in North­land his­tory, New Zealand glass his­tory and fam­ily his­tory.

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HON­OURED: Stu­art Park ac­cept­ing his ap­point­ment as a Fel­low of Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

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