Museum keeps in touch through website

Otago Settlers Museum webmaster Lynda McLea reflects on the museum's new internet site. Photo by...
Otago Settlers Museum webmaster Lynda McLea reflects on the museum's new internet site. Photo by Linda Robertson.

The Otago Settlers Museum has launched its redeveloped internet site to update the public while the museum is closed for a $35 million upgrade.

The new-look site offers detailed information on building work progress, concept diagrams and photographs.

The site - at - also gives details on some artefacts and provides event listings, education programmes and resources for teachers.

"Our actual doors are closed but our virtual doors are open," the site says.

Through a new "museum mash-up" section, young people are also invited to send in emails expressing, in text message format, what it would have been like for Scottish migrants heading to Otago via sailing ship in 1848.

The museum, which is owned by the Dunedin City Council, closed in April and is not expected to reopen until its redevelopment project is completed late next year.

Settlers museum director Linda Wigley said the museum, with the support of the city council, had worked with Dunedin company Firebrand to "improve the appearance, navigation and functionality of the website".

Museum webmaster Lynda McLea said the site offered "a mix of today's technology and something historic".


Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter