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Exhibition programme and community partnerships, Petone Settlers Museum


Appendix 2: Exhibition programme and community partnerships, Petone Settlers Museum 


In the 2016/17 budget $65,000 was allocated to activities at Petone Settlers Museum that support its reopening following its major renovation in early 2016.


This budget has been used to second a staff member to the role of Community Curator, create an events programme, and promote the museum to locals and visitors. Our aim is to reinvigorate the museum as a visitor destination and community asset.


The new exhibitions at Petone Settlers Museum have been designed as “modules”, which can easily be updated. Scheduled updates for 2017 are:


Current module

New module

Focus on Patrick Street

History of ‘Sunnyside’ (aka Price’s Folly)

Miss Hutt Valley

‘Bodgies and Widgies’

George Von Zedlitz

Nathaniel Valentine, founder of Valentines Hotel

New Arrivals (general story)

New Arrivals: focus on Chinese and potentially Italian arrivals

Local business focus: Wills Tobacco

Local business focus: Seashore Caberet


A new community exhibition space has also been created, ‘Collected Memories of Us’, which is being updated monthly with precious items from the personal collections of Petone residents. This started in February with items from a local teenager, Sadie.


In addition to researching shows and potential donations to the collection, the Community Curator has been building relationships with the community, working with local groups and individuals and undertaking outreach. This has included:


·    Thumbs Up

·    Hutt City Timebank

·    Seashore Caberet

·    Wilford School Choir

·    Chilton St James Drama department

·    Jackson Street Programme

·    Autism New Zealand

·    Warwick Johnston

·    Petone Depot

·    Brownies New Zealand

·    Stokes Valley Probus

·    Te Papa Friends

·    iCaff – Hospital Mental Health

·    Weltec