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October 2014


St Mary's from Gore Delve into History!

Thursday, 30th October 2014

St Mary's from Gore Delve into History!

The Old Gaol is always a favourite place to visit on the historic walk  

  • St Mary's from Gore Delve into History!The Old Gaol is always a favourite place to visit on the historic walk
  • St Mary's from Gore Delve into History!Gold panning is hard, but sometimes you can be lucky enough to spot something!

We had a blast with St Mary's from Gore on Thursday 30th October. But poor old Miss Grey had her work cut out for her!

The students booked in for our 1800's school room experience, historic walk of Arrowtown, and gold panning at the Arrow River. The 1880's school room was very different from anything the students had experienced, and they couldn't stop themselves from giggling at grumpy Miss Grey! The historic walk of Arrowtown helped students to understand the difficult living condition these early settlers experienced, and the day finished on a high with gold panning.

It was an information overload for just a few hours at the museum, but all of the students did a great job!

Thanks for visiting St Mary's, let us know what you enjoyed about your visit to the museum by commenting below!


WWI and the Wakatipu - NSC visits

Thursday, 30th October 2014

WWI and the Wakatipu - NSC visits

 

  • WWI and the Wakatipu - NSC visits
  • WWI and the Wakatipu - NSC visitsAn obiturary card for a fallen soldier
  • WWI and the Wakatipu - NSC visitsCharlie Eckhardt's christmas card holder. A German hairdresser in Arrowtown who was shunned during WWI.

NSC visited our new exhibition commemorating the WWI centenary.

These year 7  - 10 students were considering studying history at a senior level at their school, so our exhibition was the perfect platform for the students to see how exciting history could be!

Their visit included an interactive viewing of the exhibition, students went through the enlistment process to figure out if the met the minimum height and maximum weight requirements for WWI, this was then followed by discussing different aspects of WWI and its effects on a small community.

The visit finished with a historic walk of Arrowtown, where we visited heritage sites around Arrowtown associated with WWI, and followed up on stories from the exhibition.

Thanks for visiting NSC! Comment below and let us know what you enjoyed about our new exhibition!

Click through the photo gallery of this blog post, to see some of the artefacts the students got to view in the exhibition.


Tisbury Take on History!

Wednesday, 29th October 2014

Tisbury Take on History!

The chalk board used in Miss Gray's classroom  

  • Tisbury Take on History!The chalk board used in Miss Gray's classroom
  • Tisbury Take on History!A display inside the museum which shows how a typical victorian home would have looked
  • Tisbury Take on History!in 1862 gld was discovered in the Arrow river - over 150 years later you can still find little specks of alluvial gold!

Tisbury School traveled all the way to Arrowtown to visit the Lakes District Museum.

These were the activities the students experienced at the museum:

  • 1800's school room experience with Miss Grey - to help identify how teaching/education has changed over time
  • A museum visit which focused on the living conditions of the early miners which included some creative writing - to understand some of the history that surrounds Central Otago
  • Gold panning at the Arrow River - to develop some understanding of how gold was found and the way this has reflected on the future

We all had a fantastic day together and we hope you come back soon!

Comment below about what you most enjoyed and some of the exciting new things you learned during you visit!


The Terrace School take in History!

Friday, 17th October 2014

The Terrace School take in History!

During the Historic Walk students would have seen the ball marks on the Mary Mackillop Cottage ceiling!  

  • The Terrace School take in History!During the Historic Walk students would have seen the ball marks on the Mary Mackillop Cottage ceiling!
  • The Terrace School take in History!The Arrowtown Gaol is always a favourite place to visit on the Historic Walk
  • The Terrace School take in History!Skipping around Mary Cotters tree brings good luck!
  • The Terrace School take in History!The moa bone students got to handle during their museum visit.
  • The Terrace School take in History!Getting taught by Miss Grey in the 1800's classroom was pretty spooky!

97 students from The Terrace School in Alexandra visited yesterday! Phew!

It was a very busy day which would not have been successful without the help of the parents and teachers who joined in with our LEOTC programme. Thank you so much to everyone who came along, it was a lot of fun and we hope you can come back and visit again soon.

These year 3 and 4 students visited the museum to learn how to:

  • describe ways people can record features of gold mining history
  • recognise changes to the landscape directly/indirectly made by mining
  • identify challenges face by gold miners
  • identify groups of people who came because of the gold

These goals, which had links to the Social Sciences strands (Place and Environment; Time, Continuity and Change) of the New Zealand Curriculum, were achieved through these activities:

  • A museum visit which included handling artefacts
  • A scary lesson with an 1800's school teacher called Miss Grey
  • A historic walk of Arrowtown
  • Gold panning at the Arrow River

Thanks for visiting Terrace School! Comment about your visit below, and let us know what you enjoyed from your visit!


Palmerston Pay a Visit

Wednesday, 15th October 2014

Palmerston Pay a Visit

The moa bone students got to handle during their museum visit.  

  • Palmerston Pay a VisitThe moa bone students got to handle during their museum visit.
  • Palmerston Pay a VisitSome students were lucky enough to find gold when they were panning!
  • Palmerston Pay a VisitThe students were impressed with the stained glass window inside St Patrick's church which they saw during their historic walk

We had a great start to term 4 yesterday with Palmerston Primary school visiting us for a full day!

We were kept busy all day with a scary lesson with Miss Gray, a historic walk of Arrowtown, a museum visit, a tour of the Chinese settlement, and gold panning! The students really enjoyed hearing the local ghost stories I had up my sleeve - everyone wanted to try find Mary Tobin's portrait! They also really enjoyed learning about the living conditions during the gold rush.

What was your favourite part about visiting the museum?

Do you think life over 100 years ago was difficult or easy? Why?

Answer my questions and comment about your visit below!

Thanks for visiting Palmerston!


Remarkable Projects!

Friday, 10th October 2014

Remarkable Projects!

 

  • Remarkable Projects!
  • Remarkable Projects!

For one week, we will have a special exhibition of some high quality work achieved by Remarkables Primary School students.

These students visited us earlier this year as part of a collaborative inquiry project, with an LEOTC programme focussing on War Heroes. After being inspired by our programme, students then researched and designed project display boards which focused on different war-related topics. A sample of these have been put on display in the foyer of our museum. Make sure you stop by for a visit!

If you are interested in learning more about War, the museum will be hosting its own exhibition to commemorate the WWI centenary. WWI and the Wakatipu will be open to the public from the 25th October 2014 until the 15th February 2015. Accompanying LEOTC programmes for students years 1 - 13 will be made available.All programmes will focus on themes of community and how people respond to community challenges, causes and effects of war and how it has shaped the lives of Wakatipu people today and during the war. All programmes have links to the social sciences strand of the New Zealand curriculum.

Contact the Lakes District Museum & Gallery today to learn more about these programmes!

email: info@handsonhistory.co.nz

Ph: 03 442 0317