Sunday, 6 July 2014

Playbill from the War Years

As part of our WWI commemoration, we are featuring a small display of Otautau RSA memorabilia. There are photos from the unveiling of the war memorial, the opening of the RSA memorial hall, and many other interesting things.

But this little gem stood out for me. It's a playbill or possibly a ticket the size of a business card for a fundraiser for the Otautau Red Cross Society.

The Invercargill Dramatic Company were to perform "In the Trenches" but were an hour late because their car broke down in Fairfax according to the write-up in the Otautau Standard.

The bill contains a few errors: the play was performed on 27 March and the price for adults was 2s, not 1s.

It's delightful the little pieces of Otautau culture that are still around from that era.

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Winter Changes

We are now only open on Sundays. If you'd like to visit on a different day, please let us know ahead of time.

We may open again on Wednesdays starting in October.

We're open Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Shameless AGM Plug

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Monday, 2 June 2014


The annual general meeting is on Tuesday, 10 June, 7:30pm. We've been fortunate to have had Jim Carson as our Wednesday person keeping the museum open. He's a very gregarious sort who loves reminiscing with people. He's lived all around the place but made a special effort to get to know Otautau's history when he moved here last year. He's indicated that he will be moving to Dunedin, so we are looking for someone who might like to take his place. If not, we may have to close on Wednesdays.

Spare time and want to lend a hand? How about helping with displays, collection, roster or publicity? Your time and talents would be most welcome.

World War I
We recently got a temporary loan of items from the Otautau RSA for our military display. If you have anything of interest from World War I that you'd like to share with the public, please let us know. We are working in partnership with the RSA on a World War I project, and that has been very interesting and rewarding. More later on World War I.

We're sharing photos from our collection on the Otautau Facebook page. Stop by and have a look! Lots of comments and interaction happening there. It's been great seeing how big the audience is. There are almost as many people on the Otautau Facebook page as who live in Otautau itself - 581 likes vs 672 population. It's been interesting to see what people remember when they see a photograph and how different life was in Otautau only a few decades ago. Best of all, people are sharing their own photographs and even a video.

Book Sale
Our annual book sale fundraiser is coming up in July on the 19th and 20th, 10am to 4pm. Do be sure to donate your books to the SDC office during working hours or the museum on Sundays. Thanks, Everyone, for your support throughout the years.

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Protect Photos for the Longterm

I might get a bit of flack for posting this because I'm not a conservator, but...

It's really important if you have old photo albums to get your pictures out asap and put them in archival albums.

This album is from the 1980s. It had some kind of adhesive that would allow the picture to stay in place and be repositioned as needed. It was great at the time. Easy to use. No need for photo corners.

But as you can see, the chemicals in the adhesive and whatever the page was made of go through changes over time and cause staining on the page.

And the adhesive actually sticks to the back of the photograph. Not good!

We recommend that you carefully remove the photograph from the page and put it in an archival album - either photo or scrapbook will do. You can get these from Warehouse Stationery or more preferably from a conservation company such as Conservation Supplies. Conservation Supplies has photo pockets that are made for certain sized photos so there is no need for photo corners which can damage corners if not careful. If you have very old photos that are fragile, do not use photo corners. Conservation Supplies has photo albums too. If buying from Warehouse Stationery, make sure the album and photo corners are 'acid, lignin and pvc free'.

Acid-free paper and photo corners available from Warehouse Stationery and the Warehouse.

Using archival materials, place your photo on the new page. Remember to write who, what, when and where in pencil. Ink is a real no-no around photographs. And do not write on the photo.

An archival photo album will help protect your photos for the longterm by keeping them safe from dust, chemicals and UV light which can contribute to deterioration and loss of image.

We're open Wednesdays and Sundays, 2pm-4pm, and by request. Your comments are always welcome!