Invercargill historic items wanted

Invercargill City Library archivist Rebecca Smith examines a historic photo of Invercargill city centre
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Invercargill City Library archivist Rebecca Smith examines a historic photo of Invercargill city centre

Archivists are asking people to search through their homes, garages and work places for items to display in a pop-up museum for Inner City Heritage Week.

The pop-up museum will be the first run by the Invercargill City Library and will be located in the shed beside the Library in Dee St.

The theme for the 2016 Inner City Heritage Week is My Invercargill Story.

Invercargill City Library archivist Rebecca Smith said she was looking for items that told a story about Invercargill.

The display would rely on items brought in by the public and not from the library's achieves, she said

"The public can access the Library archive collection all the time, we want to see items that are ordinarily not available to the public because they are part of a private collection."

People were often unaware the significance of some of the items they owned, she said.

"Sometimes the most unlikely of objects can bring out the best stories.

"We are hoping to uncover some amazing gems for the display." 

One item that would be on display at the pop-up gallery would be a brown owl, from what was thought to be the first licensed restaurant in New Zealand, the Brown Owl Tearooms that used to be on the corner of Esk and Dee streets.

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"We have already had someone promise it to us, it is very exciting."

"We want to get as many items as we can for the display, there is plenty of space to fill."

Items can be dropped off to the Invercargill City Library this month or contact Rebecca Smith to discuss or make arrangements 03 211 1573.

Inner City Heritage Week runs from March 7 to March 13.

 - Stuff

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