Gallery, museums go interactive

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 07:33 06/02/2013
Angela English
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FINE DROP OF HERITAGE: Learn at Eastern Southland project co-ordinator, Angela English, at one of the interactive exhibits at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum.

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A new $17,000 arts and heritage programme is rolling out in Eastern Southland to offer school pupils an interactive learning experience.

The programme, called Learn at Eastern Southland, targets school pupils from years 1 to 13 from throughout Southland.

It will enable pupils to visit the Eastern Southland Art Gallery, Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Croydon Aircraft Museum, Mataura Historical Society, Pioneer Park Museum and eventually the new Gore Arts Centre.

Activities include making an aircraft at the Croydon Aircraft Museum, and adopting the persona of someone featured at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum then answering questions from their perspective.

Learn at Eastern Southland project co-ordinator, Angela English, said the programme was focused on education and got schoolchildren interested in the area's heritage.

"There's no limit to what we can offer," she said.

"If teachers have got a specific learning objective or achievement in mind, we can adapt something for them.

"The teachers I've spoken to are really keen. It's about encouraging the kids to have a greater world view."

First to trial the programme will be Otatara School next month.

The school's year 5 and 6 teacher, Kate Webster, said the class would take part in the programme while on camp at Camp Columba, near Gore.

The camp was traditionally sport-inspired, she said, but a visit to the gallery and museums would open up the curriculum to arts and history.

There was an opportunity with the art gallery to inspire pupils and get them involved with the Eastern Southland community, she said.

Bookings are open for schools looking to take part in the programme.

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- The Southland Times

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