Heritage celebrations continue

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A POP-UP museum and High Tea will feature this week as part of Southland Heritage Month.

Southland Heritage Month co-ordinator Rebecca Amundsen said as well as various items of historical interest, there would also be inspirational stories from some of Southland’s pioneering women. A pop-up museum, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand, will pop into life at the former ASB Building on Esk St.

The week-long museum will run from Saturday, March 17, to Saturday, March 24, 10am-2pm, with free admission.

As the museum’s main theme was 125 years since women in New Zealand got the vote [September 19, 1893], there would be information on the suffragette movement, oral histories from older and younger women, and exploring how far we as a society had come; how far did we still have to go, and what things were still needed to be changed, she said.

Included in the museum and to support the theme of Built Heritage during heritage month, the Invercargill City Council will also have a display to give members of the public a variety of ways to share how they value built heritage and which buildings they thought were important and why.

High Tea

A High Tea had also been planned for Saturday, March 24, at the pop-up museum at 3pm.

Costing $5 per person, china cups, saucers and side plates will be supplied, as will scones with lashings of cream and jam, and many cups of tea.

Ms Amundsen encouraged people to dress up in their Victorian best to enjoy some lively company among the pop-up museum collections.

“A book of suffragette songs had been found at the [Invercargill] library, which were written to hymn tunes, which may be recorded and played during the High Tea to add to the atmosphere.”

Tickets to the Heritage Month High Tea can be purchased at the event.

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