Golden age

Photo by James Beech.
Photo by James Beech.

Primary schoolchildren throughout the South are striking it rich in education with record attendances of the exhibition "Gold is Where You Find It: 150 Years of Gold in Central Otago" at the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown.

Festivities for the anniversary last month may be over, but school trips are filing through the comprehensive gold showcase at a steady pace every day, with more to come before it closes on February 16.

"Gold is Where You Find It" has become the museum's most popular exhibition among schools since Anne Frank: A History for Today, last year.

Museum education officer Rachel Checketts (left) on Friday welcomed inquisitive minds from the latest school to pay an educational visit, the appropriately named Goldfields Primary School, from Cromwell.

All Queenstown, Frankton and Arrowtown primary schools have sent or will send classes, as well as schools in Tarras, Alexandra and Dunedin.