Folding globe from Oamaru South School, North Otago Museum Collection 9096.

SELECTING COLLECTIONS FOR OUR NEW DISPLAYS

Staff are working hard behind the scenes to select objects for our redeveloped displays. This can be a complex and time consuming process, but it is usually also very interesting. An object is selected because it is able to tell a story or stories about our district.

Not all objects can go on display. For a start we have quite a limited space to work with and so we have to make some difficult choices. At 200m2 the main display space is not really bigger than most travelling exhibitions. Other reasons for not displaying include conservation advice, for example an object may simply be so fragile that it is deemed unlikely to survive being put on display, or an object might be too large or unwieldy for the available space.

Image:Folding globe from Oamaru South School, North Otago Museum Collection 9096. This object folds like an umbrella and was used in Oamaru South School. It is too fragile for permanent display.

Ingrid Cole