Heritage Festival: ‘Town and gown’ obvious theme

Historic icon ...The University of Otago clocktower building. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Historic icon ...The University of Otago clocktower building. PHOTO: ODT FILES
The Southern Heritage Trust, which has been involved in the two-yearly heritage festival since 2007, is delighted to highlight the connections between the Dunedin community and the university in this year’s event. 

The university’s 150 years was an obvious theme for Dunedin’s 2019 Heritage Festival,‘‘Town and Gown’’. 

Alongside the many universityfocused events in the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival, the trust is also presenting a series of events with a community-wide focus and opportunities to visit the camps. 

Among the highlights will be a fun series of ‘‘Heritage Bytes’’ hosted by the Southern Heritage Trust. 

Following a PechaKucha-style the event will feature rapid-fire image and storytelling, and presenters will have 20 seconds to speak to each of 20 images. 

The Heritage Bytes event will be held at 3pm on Saturday in the Quad 4 lecture theatre, Geology Building, on campus. 

Also on Saturday afternoon, the trust will present the Bluestone Award at an event running from 4.45pm to 5.30pm at the Staff Club. 

The Bluestone Award is presented to an individual in association with the festival, to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the preservation and appreciation of Dunedin’s heritage. 

To attend, please RSVP to admin@southernheritage.org.nz 

On Sunday, the popular free walking tours of Dunedin’s 1865 shoreline return. Led by Dr Matthew Schmidt and Paul Pope, tours will depart the Exchange at 10am and 1pm. No bookings required, meet 10 minutes before the tours depart. 

Another fun heritage event will be the Tweed Ride, marking the long history of cycling in New Zealand, in which riders will depart the Gasworks Museum at 10am on Sunday, September 29, and make their way to the university clocktower. 

The first bicycle, built in Auckland, was first ridden in Dunedin in 1869. 

Entry costs $5per person, or $10 per family, with the proceeds going to the Gasworks Museum. 

Riders will be given a steampunk and Victorian welcome at the clocktower, and there will be prizes for the best-dressed riders. 

The final event in the 1869 Conference and Heritage Festival will be a heritage film screening, hosted by the Film Heritage Trust at 5pm in the Quad 4 lecture theatre, Geology Building, on campus. 

Sit back and enjoy local film footage from the 1930s for a nostalgic glimpse of Dunedin and life at the university, with commentary from Maurice Hayward.

For more information on the 1869 Conference and the Town and Gown Heritage Festival, and to register for events, visit heritagefestival.org.nz or view the programme brochure here.

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