Somme Centenary Commemoration

In conjunction with the Te Awamutu and Districts RSA, the Te Awamutu Museum is hosting a commemorative service for the Battle of the Somme.

100 years ago on September 15th, the New Zealand Division entered the battlefield of the Somme.

Join members of the RSA to commemorate the sacrifice of those New Zealand men who still lie in France.

1.00pm Saturday 17th September

Te Awamutu Museum

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Museum Education on Display

Te Awamutu Museum has been taking a creative approach to heritage education and exhibitions over the last few months! One of our temporary spaces, the Front Porch, is designated to be a community space and we were starting to run short on ideas to display on it. It is a crucial space as we want the community to recognise the whole museum as their own, especially this space. It is also the first exhibition space you see when you enter the building.

Our educator, Tereora Crane, mooted the idea that schools be given the opportunity to create their own exhibitions for this space, using an education programme as the basis for the topic.

This idea has taken off and we have had two local primary schools create exhibitions for this space. The first, Kihikihi School, created an exhibition about their learnings on the topic of the 28th Maori Battalion. They created three text panels, plus a video. The two classes and their families were invited to an opening event at the Museum, which was attended by 85 of the local community, including the local Mayor and representatives from the RSA.

The second school is Paterangi School, whose topic is Legendary Explorers. They learnt about different explorers and navigators and how their families have come to be in the Waipa district. They also have three text panels, (two with interactivity!) and a slideshow. Their opening event was also well attended by the school community and the Mayor assisted the children to officially open their exhibition.

The Museum team are excited by the success of these two programmes and hope to continue to have schools taking the opportunity to present their own exhibition, with even more involvement from the students in content, design, objects and marketing.

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Paterangi School Exhibition

Paterangi School visited the Museum and spent time with Mr T learning about legendary explorers. They have now created an exhibition of the same name, tracing past, present and future explorers.

 Come and check out their awesome work!

The Front Porch, 3rd-31st August

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Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest reading the exhibition at the opening function.

Te Awamutu Museum in National Spotlight – Again!

Te Awamutu’s Museum has punched above its weight again, named for the third year in a row as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards.

Impressive!

Our small museum is up against much larger museums from Wellington, Hutt City and Auckland in an award celebrating innovative public programmes.

Staff entered their home-grown school holiday programme, Dig It, into the award. The programme teaches children about archaeology, takes them on a simulated dig and helps them learn about artefacts.

Dig It ran for the first time in 2015 and again last month, involving 60 children aged 5-12. Both times it was fully subscribed with a waiting list of children wanting to be involved.

Director of Museums and Heritage Anne Blyth said the Te Awamutu Museum was lucky to have Collections Manager Haylee Alderson, trained in archaeology, as part of the team.

“It’s brilliant because the only way most young people will ever get introduced to archaeology in New Zealand is if they go to university,” Anne said.

As far as she is aware, Dig It is the only programme of its type in New Zealand.

Thirty-three finalists in eight categories have been selected for the ServiceIQ-sponsored awards to be announced in Auckland later this month. The Te Awamutu Museum has been an award finalist before; in 2013 for an exhibition about eels and in 2014 for an exhibition of artworks by prisoners at Waikeria Prison. The exhibition, We Love Eels, is being offered again by the museum from May 14 – August 20.

2016 National Visitor Survey

We are participating in the Museums Aotearoa National Visitor Survey for 2016 this week!

If you have been meaning to pop in and see what’s new, this is the week to do it!

We want as many people as possible to give us their feedback, as the data collected by this survey is not only used by us, but by museums around the country.

It only takes 5 mins and is entirely anonymous.

Generation Gap

Our latest exhibition, Generation Gap is a collaborative art exhibition with the Webster Family.

Eddy, who works with wood and paint, has exhibited with us before, but never on this scale! This time, he is joined by his granddaughter Eliza, who works with acrylic on canvas and paper. There is also one special artwork by Ben Webster, Eddy’s late father, to show where it all began.

All of Eddy and Eliza’s works are for sale, so come and check out your latest local art acquisition, just in time for Christmas!

We are very excited to be opening this exhibition on Saturday 7 November, where invited guests will get first look at the outstanding array of works.

Generation Gap runs until 8th February 2016, in the Gavin Gifford Gallery