Museum reaches out

University of Otago graduate Amy Taylor says she is ''looking forward to making a positive...
University of Otago graduate Amy Taylor says she is ''looking forward to making a positive contribution'' to the studies of thousands of primary and secondary school pupils as the new education officer of the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown. Photo by James Beech.
The Lakes District Museum is going back to the future with a new education officer driving efforts to take its successful history teaching programmes from Arrowtown further north, into Canterbury.

University of Otago graduate Amy Taylor started work as the new full-time education officer tasked with promoting and co-ordinating programmes for more than 3000 pupils from more than 100 schools every year throughout Otago and Southland.

As a provider of one of only 15 interactive LEOTC (learning experiences outside the classroom) education programmes in the South Island, Miss Taylor will promote the treasure trove of social, geographical and historical information in the museum in Arrowtown to schools around the South and in South Canterbury.

The 24-year-old South African descendant, raised in Otautau, Southland, is a double major bachelor of arts graduate in English and art history and earned a postgraduate diploma in primary education.

Miss Taylor said she wanted to teach art to broaden the education programmes in the museum. An email and mail drop to schools will begin in the coming weeks to introduce her and upcoming programmes.

''I'm looking forward to beginning a career within education and hopefully making a really positive contribution to this museum and maintaining the high standard already set in education by Rachel,'' Miss Taylor said.

Former education officer Rachel Checketts showed Miss Taylor the ropes. Miss Checketts now works closer to home as project manager at Central Stories, Alexandra, while teaching at Dunstan High School.

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