Friday, 13 November 2015

Grahamstown Gazette: the Women of Empire / Steampunk edition

Every month I write a local heritage-themed column, on behalf of The Treasury, for the Grahamstown Gazette. Here's my piece for the November edition.

From The Treasury:

November is shaping up to be a massive month for us at The Treasury.

First up, we’ll be attending Thames South School’s reunion this month. Our Oral History group are on the look-out for ex South School pupils who are willing to share a few memories with us. The Oral History Group regularly goes out into the community, tape recorders in hand, to find out more about the lives of people who have lived and worked in the region. At the reunion, we’ll have a ‘roving’ recorder as well as space for sit-down interviews. Don’t worry if you’re shy – some of the best interviews come from friends or family who come in together to record shared memories. We’ll be keen to hear about your favourite teachers, special events, class trips and playground games, as well as any other special memories the reunion brings back for you. The recordings will be available on CDs at The Treasury later this year.

Later in the month, we’re involved in bringing a major international exhibition to the Thames Civic Centre. Women of Empire explores the World War I experiences of thirty women from across Australia and New Zealand. Thames is one of only a handful of venues on the New Zealand leg of the exhibition’s tour. Women of Empire will feature a special glimpse into the lives of women from the Coromandel Peninsula during this period, for which we helped with the research. Tickets for the exhibition are available on Eventfinder.
During Women of Empire, between Monday 16th and Saturday 28th of November, we’ll be open every day between 11am and 3pm. Tuesdays are a great time to pop in during this period if you’re keen to learn more about volunteering at The Treasury. Our Indexing Group meets on Tuesday mornings, and you’ll be able to see them in action and find out more about the indexing project. You might also like to take advantage of our new free Thames Star and Hauraki Herald newspaper collection, or take a tour of the building.

Lastly, we’re looking forward to Steampunk The Thames this month. Miss Archivy Daguerre Rouge will be available to photograph steampunks inside the historic Carnegie Library building, for a gold coin donation to The Treasury. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for times.

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