Museums a way to learn of past

Museums don't have to be "boring, stuffy places," says Rangitikei Heritage Group chairman Richard Aslett.

That's what Rangitikei Day will set out to prove.

The fifth running of the annual event is this weekend with all five of the district's museums open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The day also coincides with the launch of a 20-page Rangitikei heritage brochure which has been put together by the Rangitikei Heritage Group with the help of National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa.

"Rangitikei Day was developed as the group felt it needed a time to remember and celebrate all that has happened to get us from those early days of settlement to being the lush and wonderful settlement that Rangitikei is today," Mr Aslett said.

The first blocks in Rangitikei went on sale on May 18, 1849.

Each museum, Bulls, Marton, Mangaweka, Hunterville and Taihape along with the Turakina Presbyterian Church will be hosting people throughout the weekend.

"There can be a bit of a perception that museums are stuffy, boring places, and this weekend is a way of having a bit of fun, while soaking up some of the rich and diverse heritage that Rangitikei has to offer," Mr Aslett said.

Meanwhile the Rangitikei heritage brochure will be distributed to information centres and tourism operators with information on each town's history.

"(It highlights) many remarkable and historical facts about personalities, places and incidents that have happened in and around Rangitikei," Mr Aslett said.

"We wanted something that presented an atmospheric historical perspective, yet had a modern appeal to people of all ages."

* People who visit any two museums can be in to win an A2 printed canvas of the Papa Cliffs. Collect an entry form from any one of the museums (with that museum's name printed on the banner) and drop it into the entry box at any other museum in the district.

Manawatu Standard