Mataura Museum goes digital
How do you fit more than 100 years of history, including individual stories and displays, into a cottage no larger than 50 square metres?
You modernise and digitise, at the Mataura anof course.
That's what the Mataura and District Historical Society has been doing in the past 18 months at Clematis Cottage, Mataura, to tell Mataura's stories in an interactive way.
The Mataura museum, under refurbishment, will link the past with the present with the digitisation of its 2600-plus collection and a variety of interactive displays.
Gore District Council heritage projects officer David Luoni has spent the past couple of months gathering stories from people and videoing them for an interactive display.
About 15 oral history interviews were in the post-production phase to be ready for the museum's re-opening early next year, he said.
Without giving too much away, they would feature people with histories in Mataura's historic industry sectors, such as former paper mill employees, he said.
The display will form part of a larger picture of the refurbishment, which includes extensive work on the exterior, interior, and landscape of the cottage, he said.
Work on the exterior has been completed and the refit of the interior was due to get under way during the coming weeks, he said.
Construction of a 9m by 6m purpose-built storage shed behind the cottage to house the collection was also scheduled to start in November, and plans for a heritage garden and orchid on site were under way.
The society is also in the process of digitising its 2600-plus collection on eHive, a collection management system on the web, and NZMusuems, an online collection management system initiative of the National Services Te Paerangi, a team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa.
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