Toitu's war show on award shortlists

A World War 1 exhibition at the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum continues to attract many visitors and has just been shortlisted for two national museum awards, which are to be announced next week.

The exhibition, ''Dunedin's Great War'', has been named as one of four finalists in the ''Best Exhibition over $20,000'' section of the ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards.

And ''Journey of the Otagos'', an accompanying 11-part film documentary made by museum curator and historian Sean Brosnahan and his cameraman son, Joseph, has been shortlisted for the Best Museum Project award.

The national awards are organised in association with Museums Aotearoa, the national professional body for museums which will hold its annual conference in Dunedin next week. ServiceIQ is an industry training organisation for museums, tourism and other service sectors.

Funding support of $25,000 from the Lottery Grants Board and the Otago Settlers Association made the film project possible, museum staff said.

The winners of the six overall awards will be announced at a dinner function at the museum next Thursday.

Museum visitor experience manager Kirsty Glengarry said she had her ''fingers crossed'' for next week.

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