Moving On! – Educator Rob Groat’s Last Day

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Our Educator Rob Groat is leaving the museum team at the end of July.  Rob has been a passionate team member for the past nine years working in varied roles including Front-of-House Administrator, Volunteer, Library Plus Assistant, Collections Assistant and now as our Museum Activities and Education Officer.  Rob has a huge amount of enthusiasm and knowledge in museums and his engagement with children and young people has been truly remarkable; as you can see from these great photos below of his classes.    

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Rob has contributed to the creation of many exhibitions over this time too.  His research work on the Across the Centreline exhibition is of particular note; with this exhibition being well received by the public.  Rob is always on-hand to assist in museum activities and going the extra mile for our customers.  The museum team and STDC wishes him well for his future endeavors.   

If you’d like to send Rob are farewell message you can email him here rob.groat@stdc.govt.nz 

Some more photos of Rob in action at Aotea Utanganui. 

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Back-of-House Tours

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Witness the magic which happens behind the scenes where collection items are catalogued and stored for safe access when curating museum exhibitions.  Book a tour today 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Diane Garrett in 1989.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Celebrating Independence Day with Aunt Daisy & Uncle Sam!

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Today in the United States of America they are celebrating their Independence Day 4th of July.  In 1944 Aunt Daisy visited these United States on a mission to promote New Zealand.  She was invited to a tea with the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, where she passed on messages from the American troops and nurses stationed in New Zealand.  She continued to record morning shows informing New Zealanders of what she encountered in the United States.  The results of her American tour were published in Aunt Daisy and Uncle Sam (pictured above).  

Aunt Daisy’s war-time journey to the United States landed in San Francisco in April 27th 1944 where upon arrival “Everybody crowded the decks, thrilled to pass under the wonderful Golden Gate Bridge – it always looks as though the mast must knock against it, until you really do pass under it – with room to spare!  Loud groans from the troops greeted the nonchalant announcement through the loud speaker – “Now you can all take it easy, because nobody’s going’ ashore to-night.”  So we had to content ourselves with the lovely sight of the brilliantly lighted city of San Francisco, the long Oakland Bridge with trains passing along its lower deck like lighted snakes, and losing themselves in the tunnel; and the beautiful graceful sweep of the Golden Gate Bridge across the harbour; and then away to bed, to dream of tomorrow’s new adventure.”

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Search the Livingston Baker Archive

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The Livingston Baker Archive contains a wide variety of archives, maps, photographs, publications, films and videos.  Archives research is available by appointment between 10am and 4pm Monday and Tuesday; other times may be available by arrangement.  For further information please contact us on 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Diane Flowers in 1992.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Remembrance with ‘The Wonder Gardens’ exhibition

Recently we received a postcard from Noel and Beth Price from Hāwera reminding us of how postcards were used during WWI by family members to remind them of home.  This postcard was sent by Dulcie to her brother Bertie while he was in the Military Camp (circa 1915) in Trentham of the beautiful Ngaire Gardens, Taranaki, N.Z. 

 

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The back of the postcard reads, “Dear Bertie, // I hope you are quite well. // It is a long time since I saw you // last You must come up to Taranaki // before you leave for the Front. // How do you like being in Camp, // Was the concert nice, and did you go and // see Auntie // I remain // Your loving sister Dulcie” 

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For more about The Wonder Gardens exhibition check out the catalogue below.  Come wander the wonder garden with us.  Explore the museum’s magical indoor park where together we remember how generations of South Taranaki pleasure-seekers have enjoyed the public spaces that form a background to our lives.  Come play, stroll, remember, relax, and seek out the magic of our locally-loved parks and gardens with us.  This exhibition has been funded by the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC).  Season: May – November 2017 – Temporary Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography

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Today we continue digitising some of the Ellmore-Timms Collection for our 2017 exhibition, Flashbacks: 80’s & 90’s Fashion Photography.  This photograph was taken of Celeste Kelsen in 1990.  Did you have your photo taken by Lester Timms or Rodney Ellmore in Hawera?  If you did we would love to hear from you.  Check out our register to see if your name is on the list www.museumofsouthtaranaki.wordpress.com/archives-and-reading-room/ellmore-timms-collection

Up-Coming Exhibition – Wild Art

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Up-Coming Exhibitions | Ngā Whakakitetanga kua tae mai i tēnei Kaupeka

Wild Art: A Photographic Study by Pat Greenfield

A new exhibition opens in July featuring a solo show by Taranaki photographer Pat Greenfield. 

Pat has also long been fascinated by buildings and their architectural shapes and the stories behind them, particularly if abandoned.  Enter the Patea Freezing Works.  Being too scared to enter the surviving buildings on her own in the past, she finally decided to “get on with it”.  While having lunch in her car, a little girl who lived close by came along on her tricycle.  They had a short conversation in which the girl referred to the buildings as “the Birdhouse”.

“I didn’t know what to expect.” Pat says.  “But what I really didn’t expect to see was all of the great art – wild art that adorned the walls of the wild art gallery.  Or, thanks to the loads of pigeons the little girl referred to, the Birdhouse Wild Art Gallery.  The buildings complemented the art and vice versa in a symbiotic dance where the one would have been the poorer without the other.  Thanks to the muted ambient light, I was able to record the unknown artists’ work sympathetically, and through the medium of photography, enable others to enjoy their work” – Pat Greenfield.

Exhibition Season: JULY to NOVEMBER 2017, Livingston Baker Archive & Reading Room

Community Preservation Workshop at Wai-o-Turi Marae

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Recently we held a workshop at Wai-o-Turi Marae to assist them with the care and preservation of their pictorial heritage.  These workshops are free and collaborative.  We provide advice on managing and caring for archives, records, photographs, audio/visual recording, taonga collections, and emerging digital technologies.  

These workshops can be held at the Museum, workplaces or local marae.  Book a free workshop today 0800 111 323 or museum@stdc.govt.nz