Nelson Provincial Museum wins at Museum Awards!
Kia ora koutou
I am delighted to announce that Nelson Provincial Museum was a winner in the Social History category at Tuesday night’s ServiceIQ Museum Awards. The Museum’s win was announced at a gala event in Palmerston North at the Museums Aotearoa Conference, attended by directors and staff from museums and galleries from around New Zealand.
Nelson Provincial Museum faced stiff competition - and much larger organisations - in its winning category. The three other finalists were Auckland Museum, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, and the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Nevertheless, Nelson Provincial Museum took out the award for ‘Exhibition Excellence – Social History’ for its popular and innovative exhibition Murder at Maungatapu – Crime and Retribution.
The line up of judges for this category comprised eminent people in their field and included Eloise Wallace (Director, Tairawhiti Museum); Claire Regnault (Senior Curator NZ Heritage, Te Papa); Philip Howe (Director, South Canterbury Museum) and renowned national historian and author Jock Phillips.
The judges said:
“Driven by staff enthusiasm and a broad range of talents within the team, the approach to bringing a specific story to life was compelling and innovative. This exhibition focused on a very specific event utilising images, re-contextualising objects and information resources held by the Museum. Reaching a younger audience with a range of access points including local history, local artists, theatrical display, digital media and a fascination with murder and CSI type investigation. A relatively low budget exhibition that created an informative and engaging space, with a great use of digital technology enabling today’s visitors to gain a vivid impression of the crime and the contemporary sensationalism that it created. “
Although Murder at Maungatapu has finished it’s run, visitors can still experience it online with a virtual tour created by local digital innovators Relive360. http://www.nelsonmuseum.co.nz/previous-exhibitions/
Nelson Provincial Museum was also honoured to be finalists in two other categories. First, Most Innovative Use of Te Reo Maori for our tri-lingual exhibition celebrating Chinese New Year and New Zealand’s first Chinese immigrant Appo Hocton, Good Luck for the Year of the Rooster Nga mihi nui mo tenei tau o the Tamaheihei. Second, for Exhibition Excellence in Taonga Maori for Mai I Hawaiki – Te Ahi Ka Roa. This beautiful exhibition tells the story of Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa and the great migrations these iwi made, travelling with related and allied tribes down the west coast of Te Ika a Māui (The Fish of Māui - the North Island) and to Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Māui (The Prow of the Waka of Maui - the top of the South). It runs at Motueka Museum until 30 June.