Memory bank resource for district's heritage

A Central Otago memory bank should prove a major heritage resource, its developers say.

Central Otago Heritage Trust chairman Graye Shattky said community groups and individuals with an interest in the area's heritage could use the digital repository to store information, photos, stories and recordings.

Mr Shattky gave details about the memory bank to the Historic Places Central Otago annual meeting on Saturday, after being asked to update the group on the progress made implementing the district's heritage strategy.

The document, which sets out aims, objectives and proposed actions for protecting the area's heritage, was developed following a series of community workshops last year.

The trust has agreed to drive the strategy and the memory bank was identified as one of the projects.

''The idea is that anyone will be able to access the memory bank and use the information as a rich reference resource,'' Mr Shattky said.

The district had many groups involved in different aspects of heritage and the strategy took an overarching view to co-ordinate heritage outcomes.

''We have no desire to interfere with the good work being done by those groups ... if there's crossovers in what the groups are doing ... we can suggest they work together on projects where there's common ground.''

Funding was another subject being explored by the trust.

''We recognise it's difficult for people to give money but there is an opportunity for people who want to help to leave a bequest in their will. That would be a great legacy.''


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