Busy year ahead for museum

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Mezzanine exhibition upgrade major project

South Canterbury Museum staff are looking forward to big projects in the next 12 months.
Museum director Phil Howe said the major project would be the installation and opening of the second stage of the mezzanine floor exhibition upgrade.
“This will cover local lives and stories from the 20th century, giving visitors a taste of history and nostalgia, ” he said.
Mr Howe’s comments follow his presentation of the South Canterbury Museum annual report for the year to March 31, 2017.
“We are maintaining our visitor numbers, receiving great feedback from visitors, and through the council’s community survey, carrying out a couple of major improvements and generally maintaining progress with the museum’s key task areas, collections, exhibitions, public programmes,
education and collaboration with other organisations,” Mr Howe said.
Significant events during the 2016 year included growth of the Museum Explorers Club for primary school pupils.
“Following the introduction of the new passport and badges in December 2015, we saw numbers go from around 450 to over 1200 in 12 months,” Mr Howe said.
“The number of families and children visiting the museum appears to be growing as a consequence.”
During the 2016 year, 402 items were added to the collections, five temporary exhibitions were mounted, four school holiday programme series conducted, 16 public talks, events and programmes conducted, more than 2320 volunteer hours worked in or for the museum, and about 22,137
users of museum services.
“The South Canterbury Museum has as its mission the aim to preserve, present and promote our region’s heritage,” Mr Howe said.