Lakes District Museum director David Clarke farewells
''Sign of the Times'', one of the most popular exhibitions
to be held in the museum's gallery. Photo by James Beech.
A collection of memorabilia autographed by historic
figures has proved to be a blockbuster for the Lakes District
The selection of rare objects, articles and signatures from a
private Arrowtown collector featured such identities as Tiger
Woods, Amelia Earhart, former United States presidents, the
Wright brothers, Muhammad Ali, Katharine Hepburn and even
Star Wars villain Darth Vader.
Museum director David Clarke said ''Sign of the Times'' was
the perfect exhibition to display over the summer because it
had something of interest for everyone.
''We've had a very busy summer, like most of the district,
and the first part of the summer was helped by the inclement
weather, so over that four-month period we might have had
20,000 people through that exhibition.''
Exhibition visitors were able to drop coins into a box if
''Donations have been excellent and because the collector is
involved in a number of charities we'll give him some of the
takings once we've done the final count,'' Mr Clarke said.
Remaining cash will be channelled into forthcoming
attractions in the museum's gallery this year.
After exhibitions by the Otago Art Society and Arrowtown
Autumn Festival, the Holocaust and the World War 1 will be
profiled later this year.
''Shadows of Shoah'' will use photography, original music and
selected episodes from survivors' experiences to relay the
gravity and significance of the Holocaust, on August 8 to
''The War to End All Wars'' intends to explore the effects of
World War 1 on the Wakatipu community by employing
photographs, diaries, telegrams, oral histories and
The TVNZ documentary Our Lost War Passchendaele, about
Private George Salmond and fellow casualties of the battle,
will be screened within the exhibition, to run from November
11, 2014 to April 25, 2015.
Mr Clarke said the Ministry of Education this summer extended
funding for the Learning Experiences Outside The Classroom
(LEOTC) curriculum support programme, which means Central
Lakes schools can continue booking class visits to the
Arrowtown museum with LEOTC education officer Amy Taylor
until at least 2016.