What Council Does
What is a museum?
Strictly a "museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, and open to the public which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, physical objects as evidence of people and their environment."
In Southland, there are a variety of museums, heritage centres, private collections, clubs, businesses and other culture and heritage entities that use the word 'museum' to describe themselves throughout Southland.
What does the role of the Roving Museum Officer (RMO) do?
The RMO works under the auspices of the Southland Regional Heritage Committee (a joint committee of Southland's three councils - Southland District, Gore District and Invercargill City set up in 2005 to establish and implement a strategy for preserving the regional heritage of Southland).
The position is funded partially through the Southland Regional Heritage Trust and partially through the Community Trust of Southland. The RMO is based at the SDC Invercargill office but travels around Southland to assist the smaller, more isolated (volunteer-run) museums, particularly within the Southland District, to care for their objects on display and in storage.
The RMO role is a first for New Zealand.
Museums in the Southland District
146 Main Street
Te Hikoi Cultural Heritage Museum
Templeton Flax Mill Museum
Thornbury Vintage Machinery Museum
Tuatapere Bushman's Museum
C/- Tuatapere Information Centre
31 Orawia Street
Waikawa & Districts Museum
Wyndham & Districts Historical Museum
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|First added:||17 March 2010|
|Last updated:||1 February 2011|