Earthquake show an emotional experience

A touring show which conjures up the heartbreak and hopes arising from the Canterbury earthquakes is proving a popular and, for some, a highly emotional experience at the Otago Museum.

Museum organisers said 6175 people had visited the ''Canterbury Quakes'' show since it opened in Dunedin on November 24.

A few people have been overcome with emotion, including at least one person who burst into tears during the exhibition, which was brought together by the Canterbury Museum and initially displayed there.

Museum collections, research and experience director Clare Wilson said, during a report to the Otago Museum Board on Wednesday, that at a time when the quakes were receding slightly in community consciousness, the show highlighted the need for continuing compassion for Dunedin's near neighbours.

Some visitors had found the exhibition an emotional experience, and museum staff working there had received further training in how to support people who might become upset.

People who were former residents of Christchurch or visitors from there were among those most likely to be affected, she said.

The exhibition runs until May 5.

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