This two part session captures the energy and enthusiasm of a team of passionate young curators who have created their own museum at school, and introduces us all to a new children’s programme at South Canterbury Museum. We look forward to the responses to each of these ways of engaging youngsters in museum activities.
Aurelia Hercock-Roberts – Founder and Natural History Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
Paddy Rockell – Founder and Fine Arts Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
Isaac du Toit – Founder and Local History Curator and Collection Manager, Pukerua Bay School Museum
Tara Taylor-Jorgenson – Principal, Pukerua Bay School
Cat Lunjevich – Teacher, Pukerua Bay School
As kid curators/founders/collection managers of Pukerua Bay School Museum, we have a unique experience that we would like to share. We have grown our museum space, addressed barriers and worked with others to set up New Zealand’s first official museum founded and run by children. We are growing connections and relationships within our school, our local community, and the museum community. We had an idea, experienced the success of a pop-up museum at Aurelia’s home one weekend, were offered a space at school and brought our dream to life. We have worked out roles, developed an employment scheme and employed voluntary staff. Our relationship with staff at Te Papa has enabled shared knowledge, experiences and practical advice as well as online exposure on the Te Papa blog. Museums Aotearoa have supported us with official status and guidance through the code of ethics and the publication of our journey in the Quarterly Magazine
Invasion of Explorers at South Canterbury Museum
Chris Rapley – Curator of Social History, South Canterbury Museum
Tony Rippin – Curator of Documentary History, South Canterbury Museum
South Canterbury Museum’s new kids’ programme is revitalising local children’s interest in the museum and attracting kids who would not otherwise have been visitors. The Explorers’ Club is extending the Museum’s reach into the community, while its enthusiastic explorers discover new passions, using their passports to access fields of enquiry and collect badges as evidence of new-found knowledge.