Rain and big show give museum lift

01:50, Feb 19 2014
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PERFECT POSE: South Canterbury Museum goers Amye, 3, and Ben de Ruyter, 7, pose in costume, replicating self-portraits taken at the time of Timaru photographer William Ferrier.

While everyone else was complaining about bad summer weather, the South Canterbury Museum has been notching up one of its best seasons yet.

Visitor numbers were nearly 40 per cent above the target figure for January, recording 2214 visits in the month compared with the three-year average figure of 1587.

Museum director Phillip Howe said there were two contributing factors, the cooler weather and the popularity of the recent Photographed exhibition featuring William Ferrier's work.

Photographed finished in early February.

"This exhibition has proven to be popular with locals and visitors alike, who have enjoyed the wide range of images displayed on the wall, on iPads and on slide shows on TVs."

The centre point of the exhibition was the opportunity to dress up and take a self-portrait in the exhibition's "studio", with the photos posted on the museum's Facebook page.


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