Museum seeks not-so-old tech

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by Alexia Johnston

South Canterbury Museum staff are calling for old cellphones, among other forms of technology.

The museum’s Heritage Education Service team want the items so school pupils can get a more hands-on experience when they visit the museum.

Museum director Philip Howe said the items were not wanted for the museum’s permanent collection. They would be disposed of after they wore out.

“School students studying domestic life in earlier [times] really benefit from being able to handle items, getting a feel for their weight, size and how they were used,” he said.

“The education team are particularly interested in obtaining a portable record player that works, so that students can play old vinyl records on it, and examples of the older-style, flip-top cellphones from 10 to 20 years ago.”

To help the museum, phone (03) 687-7212 or visit the team at its Perth St site in Timaru.