Capturing the collection

Project Ark workers catalogue exhibits at Te Hikoi Museum in Riverton. The work they are doing will be on show at an open day on Sunday.

PEOPLE will get to have a behind-the-scenes look at the cataloguing process under way at Riverton’s Te Hikoi Museum this weekend.

Operations manager Karyn Owen said visitors would get an insight into Project Ark, the work of a team of people who are researching, cataloguing, photographing and re-packing more than 3000 artefacts and 4000 photos of the museum’s collection.

On Sunday, an open day will be held so people could have a look at the work being done and see processes involved, to ensure the collection is well recorded and safe.

“It’s getting a behind the scenes of what happens in the museum,” she said.

The open day would feature an “eclectic surprise” of items from the collection.

Project Ark was expected to take two years, and would see all the items loaded on to the website, she said.

The first 50 items had already been uploaded, featuring everything from a 1800s corset to a band in a bottle.

The project had been funded by Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund and Southland District, Invercargill and Gore district councils (through the Southland Regional Heritage Committee).

It was hoped a cabinet of curiosities would be set up in a hallway display soon, with items which were particularly peculiar or interesting, she said.

Registrations were required for the open day and could be made by contacting the museum directly.