The Devonport Museum in Cambria Reserve had a grand re-opening on Sunday 30th April after a whirlwind refresh that began just one week earlier.
In partnership with television series Heritage Rescue, museum volunteers and dedicated locals have been working hard (some even sleeping there overnight) to revitalise and expand the displays in the museum.
The Heritage Rescue film crew with host Brigid Gallagher (formally presenter of BBC’s Time Team) has been interviewing local community members to gather stories.
Heritage Rescue is a New Zealand-made television series about supporting community museums. They bring in museum and heritage professionals to give expert advice and revitalise displays.
Over 100 locals attended the re-opening and speakers included North Shore MP Maggie Barry, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
The Museum was given a blessing by senior members of local Ngati Whatua who encouraged visitors to reach out and touch the walls with their fingertips, “to place our energy back into the building.”
Immediately apparent upon walking into the museum was the absence of clutter that some might say used to be a central feature. New displays, better organisation of exhibits, a fresh paint-job and audio-visual additions make the Devonport Museum a must-see for all local residents and visitors.