Devonport museum

Visitor numbers at the Devonport Museum have risen sharply this summer.

Although some of this may be down to the general increase in tourists, the museum revamp and subsequent publicity of the Choice TV’s programme Heritage Rescue has been the biggest driver.

People have been coming from all over Auckland and further afield to see the results of the total redesign of the museum.

The team from Heritage Rescue did a fantastic job of revitalising the displays and brightening the museum’s interior. This involved many hours of painting and shifting items in the collection to make a more cohesive and visitor-friendly museum. If you missed the on-air programmes featuring our museum you may view them on Choice-on-demand at www.choicetv.co.nz/#!/browse/tv/350/season/2/heritage-rescue. (programmes 7 and 8).

In response, the museum has been open longer hours over the summer (from 12 – 4 pm) thanks to those loyal volunteers who are on the roster*.

President of the Devonport Historical & Museum Society, Alistair Fletcher, together with Secretary Gail Griffin, have been busy on their latest project of creating a historical database of Devonport streets. At present they are documenting the movements, occupations and the history of families from the early 1900’s to late 1930’s in Allenby Avenue and Buchanan Street.

Says Alistair, “it really is like a huge jigsaw being pieced to together and it offers an invaluable insight with regards to occupations and social comment on the people who made up our community over those years.”

*Do contact Coralie (445 1900) if you or your friends could spare two hours every couple of months in the weekend to open the museum.