Heritage South seeks new ideas

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A previous heritage walking tour in Invercargill. Photo: Supplied

SOUTHLAND heritage will be actively celebrated throughout March.

Hosted by Heritage South, the team was keen to hear from people, groups and organisations who were interested in Southland’s history and heritage, Heritage South events co-ordinator Rebecca Amundsen said.

“We are very excited about the new ideas we have for this heritage month and hope to bring a range of new and interesting activities for people interested in heritage, so are keen to hear from anybody who would like to be involved.”

The organisation welcomed any suggestions or ideas from groups and individuals to include in the month of activities.

“Now is the time for putting together your ideas and events for the month.”

Whether it be heritage walks, exhibitions, bus trips, open days, heritage talks, open homes or quirky things of interest, Heritage South was interested.

“Some people may have a historic house or building they were willing to let members of the public view.

“Or maybe an old church which had been converted for another use, or possibly a cemetery visit… anything heritage-related would be of interest.”

Ms Amundsen said the group was particularly interested in new ideas for the month, such as holding a quiz night on Southland heritage.

Another possible event, Southland Scandals, was in the pipeline.

“We welcome any interest from people who want to present on that.”

Although many inner-city heritage buildings were demolished, Ms Amundsen hoped there would still be heritage walking tours, possibly of other parts of Invercargill.

She also hoped The Last Tour, a documentary about the last heritage tour of the inner-city block, would also be launched.

Ms Amundsen said although Southland Heritage Month was held annually, events and activities were held every two years, alternating with workshops and lectures.

However, due to the Covid-19 lockdown this year, various heritage workshops had to be cancelled, so would be incorporated into March’s event.

Workshops included the proposed New Zealand history and school curriculum, and how museums would play a part in that, and the Wildlife Act and Firearms Act, she said.

It was hoped events would be held throughout Southland, including Gore, Bluff and Invercargill as well as some of the smaller towns such as Thornbury and Riverton.

  • To collate and compile an information brochure for the event, all expressions of interest needed to be sent to southlandheritagemonth@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 15.

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