Family Fun Day – Want to churn your own butter?

Come along to this Family Fun Day programme in August at the museum.

Want to churn your own butter?

Saturday 20 August – Watch milk turn into butter before your very eyes – cream and scones available plus other cow related crafts.  11am and 1pm.

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Bee Smoker

ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefacts depict two different types of bee smoker.  The red smoker is an unsual shape compared to the other, which is a bellows type smoker.  However, both are utilised for the same purpose, as a means to calm honey bees while beekeepers extract the honeycombs from the hive.  They are designed to generate smoke from the smouldering of various fuels.   Smoke masks alarm pheromones, which include various chemicals, e.g., isopentyl acetate, that are released by guard bees or bees that are injured during a beekeeper’s inspection.  If you know more information about these artefacts that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  1991.079.1 (bellows) and TN.0018.158 (red).

Patea District Pipe Band Drum

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ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefact depicts a drum from the Patea District Pipe Band.  The Patea And Waverley Districts Pipe Band was formed in 1946.  Norman MacKay ( who donated the drum to the Museum in 2003) was a founding member, and he joined at the age of 14.  In their heyday, the Pipe Band played bi-weekly on Fridays at Patea and Waverley.  They performed at the annual Ngamatapouri Sports Day, and competed all around New Zealand.  They purchased the Patea Billiards Saloon of Bob Adams (Patea Motors) of which became the Band Hall, and was situated north of Firestone Tyres.  Unfortunately the band’s cups, instruments and other valuables were lost due to a series of burglaries in the early 1990s.  About 1997, the Band Hall was demolished.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  2003.034.2.

National Services Preventative Conservation Workshop

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In collaboration with National Services, we’re facilitating a Preventative Conservation workshop on August 11th at the museum.  Come along and hear Vicki-Anne Heikell (Field Conservator) from the Alexander Turnbull Library offer tips for addressing issues including environmental preventative conservation practice in museums, monitoring building spaces and relative humidity/temperature, disaster preparedness, response and recovery.  This workshop will also focus on practical and inexpensive solution for handling and displaying objects and/or taonga.  Visit this link to make and essential booking https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/learn/museum-sector-events/preventive-conservation-0

When: Thursday 11 Aug 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm.

Where: Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont Street, Pātea.

Cost: $20, please pay on the day

Shield

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ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefact depicts a shield carved by H.E Lloyd from Manaia.  It is inscribed with:  King George V/Silver Jubilee/May 6, 1935/Manaia District/Schools./Championship For/Discipline And /Deportment./Convent School.  Two large manaia dominate the sides of the shield and there are two wheku at the bottom, and one wheku at the top.  The surface pattern throughout the piece is pakati.  The shield was donated to the Museum in 2000 by Sacred Heart Convent.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  2000.176.1.

Family Fun Day – Help us Design the Future of Transport

Come along to this Family Fun Day programme in July at the museum.

Help us Design the Future of Transport

Saturday 23 July – Rockets, hover boards and jetpacks!  Come and dream up some designs for the future of transport.  10am-3pm.

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Rifle

TN.0001.1ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefact depicts a Pattern 1853, .577 Inch Calibre, Snider Artillery Carbine.  Jacob Snider, an American from New York, developed this breech loading system for the P-1853 Enfield, the most prolific imported Percussion rifle in use by both the North and South during the U.S. Civil War. When the British Board of Ordnance appointed a Select Committee in 1864 the snider system was swiftly adopted with the first breechloaders being issued in 1865 to British forces. Improved in 1867 by the use of Colonel Boxer’s center fire brass bodied cartridge, the rifle was used very effectively in the Abyssinian Campaign of 1868. The system utilized a hinged breech block with an internal firing pin assembly that permitted the use of a self contained cartridge of lead bullet in cardboard, and, after 1867, brass casing. This highly efficient conversion system prolonged the active life of the P-1853 rifles up until 1871 when the Martini System was adopted. Snider rifles saw continued use throughout the Empire but were officially obsolete by the late 1880s.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  TN.0001.1.

Duplicator

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ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefact depicts a Gestetner Duplicator.  Duplicating machines were the predecessors of modern document-reproduction technology.  David Gestetner (20 March 1854, Csorna, Hungary – 8 March 1939, London) was the inventor of the Gestetner stencil duplicator, the first piece of office equipment that allowed production of numerous copies of documents quickly and inexpensively. He was awarded the John Scott Medal of The Franklin Institute in 1888.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  TN.0022.42.

Voyaging into the Deep – School Holiday Programme

Come along to our school holiday programmes in July at the museum.

Voyaging into the Deep

Thursday 14 July – Discover some of the weird creatures from the bottom of the ocean and create your one glow in the dark art project.

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Statuettes

ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefacts depict three statuettes of women dressed in 1930s period attire.  The sleek lines and pose of each figurine personifies the 1930s era, and especially of the Art Deco style.  Art Deco is a style of decorative art developed originally in the 1920s with a revival in the 1960s, marked chiefly by geometric motifs, curvilinear forms, sharply defined outlines, often bold colours and the use of synthetic materials, as plastics.  If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  TN.0023.12-14.

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