Waitaki Museum Blog
Featuring thoughts and ideas from the Waitaki Museum.
Today, October 12 2017, is the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele. Records indicate that 843 New Zealand soldiers died that day in 1917, including at least 7 North Otago servicemen.
A selection of beautiful fans from the collection of the North Otago Museum are currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.
A selection of fantastic shoes from the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.
Behind the scenes at the museum work continues on our collections. This work supports the Cultural Facility Development Project. Currently I am working on the museum’s collection of agricultural equipment. Before I saw the light and became a museum worker I had dreams of being a veterinarian.
One of the projects we are working on behind the scenes at the North Otago Museum is processing items that have been offered to the museum to include in our collection. Recently we accepted this jacket (North Otago Museum 2017/108) as well as a bonnet (not pictured).
This year the theme of Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations is medicine in the Victorian era. So we are sharing the story of Lane’s Emulsion.
Ted Lane had an idea.
Behind the scenes we are doing a lot of work on our collections. This is to support the Cultural Facility Development Project. Most recently I have been researching our equine collection. This collection includes saddles, snaffle bits, horse collars, hames, blinkers and more.
Behind the scenes. This is the final blog in a series of three focused on the North Otago Museum’s geology collection.
Behind the scenes. This is the second blog in a series of three focused on the North Otago Museum’s geology collection.
Behind the scenes. This is the first blog in a series of three focused on the North Otago Museum’s geology collection.
There might not be much to see in our gallery spaces right now. That is because we are working hard on the Cultural Facilities Development Project. We are doing a lot of work behind the scenes on our Collections and developing our top Themes and Stories.
Our records show that this ‘primitive’ school chair was used in the first school in Oamaru. It is made of Kauri and though in original condition, it is clear that is has been stored outside for some time.
Bentwood chairs were first made in the early 1850s by the Austrian Michael Thonet. Manufacture of these chairs soon spread to other countries. They were incredibly popular over the next century as they were cheap and easy to import.