Region's heritage has enthusiastic support

JENNY CAMPBELL
Last updated 16:41 30/07/2014
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JENNY CAMPBELL
TOP MARKS: Social Sciences Fair president Lloyd Esler is impressed with the diorama of the Norwegian whaling base at Stewart Island made by Sophie Connor, year 6, from Halfmoon Bay School, who won the Heritage South section first prize for her effort.

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A keen interest in heritage was very evident at the recent Southland Social Sciences Fair, where about two-thirds of the exhibits had a heritage theme, president Lloyd Esler noted.

"This interest is very significant and bodes well for the future with an appreciation of the need to preserve our heritage and tell the stories as these students did," Esler says.

"Sophie Connor from Halfmoon Bay School has done extensive research in to her project about the Norwegian whaling station, showing her keen interest in the local stories around her."

This interest will be picked up at the August 8-10 Southland Heritage Forum with the theme, Our past, our story, our future, concentrating on working to create a united heritage community in Southland.

At Centrestage on Friday, a free night of World War I commemoration involving entertainment from Southern Institute of Technology students and guest speakers Jock Phillips and Dr Aaron Fox will precede more discussion over the weekend.

On Saturday the venue is the Masonic Lodge with interactive sessions followed by a dinner with a special heritage menu.

During the day the emphasis is on strategies to bring heritage together with a plenary panel and workshops on museums, business and tourism, clubs and living heritage, historic places or archives and genealogy.

Also at the lodge, Sunday's keynote speaker is Jane Legget on the balancing act of preserving and sharing heritage.

A plenary session is then followed up by workshop choices of marketing and tourism, heritage buildings, story telling, using technology, and collaboration and engagement.

"We are expecting a good response from people across Southland of all ages so they can learn, build skills, be inspired, provide support and encourage each other," forum co-ordinator Rebecca Amundsen says.

"Meeting like-minded people will be a highlight and enthusiasm is always contagious."

The Heritage South annual meeting will follow the afternoon programme, beginning after 3.30pm.

There is something for all ages over the three days with bookings essential and costing details available through Amundsen. Registration costs cover catering.

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