In 2005, Puke Ariki received the donation of the Swainson/Woods Collection, a nationally and regionally significant photographic collection. The archives are from two local photography studios which operated between 1923 and 1997, Swainson’s Studios and Bernard Woods Studio. This collection traces both the lives of Taranaki people and the development of photography over time. The collection features a wide range of studio portraiture and local photographs of public and social events.
With renovated facilities and improved access to the collection, the Gold Museum is heading into another golden age. The updated website, with the Gold Museum’s entire 65,000 item collection, went live in August 2013. Since the launch visitor numbers have significantly increased, averaging over 200 hits per day. The best day saw 1358 hits. Also, through eHive (Vernon System’s hosted museum software) the Gold Museum’s published objects are automatically included in Trove, National Library of Australia’s online archive, expanding the
Pili Foss Mitchell, Interaction Consortium With extensive collections, busy events schedules and a focus on exceptional visitor experience, museums and galleries have a lot of moving parts to manage. The fact that these parts are usually handled by different software can further complicate matters, significantly monopolising staff time and resources. Choosing technology that is built to integrate with other systems is often the solution to keep museum technology united and harmonious.
The North Otago Museum holds an impressive photographic collection comprising of over 500,000 photographs of North Otago people and places, ranging in date from the 1860’s up to the present day. These photographs are on a range of media including glass plates, cellulose negatives and paper prints. For over twenty years this valuable collection was housed in two safes within the main museum building. The environment within both safes was unsuitable for the storage of photographic collections, with temperature and
The Otago Museum is leading the way in widely adopting Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging, a system that will eventually see every collection item tracked within Vernon Collection. The RFID process involves attaching a RFID tag (which contains a microchip with a unique ID encoded to its memory and a small antenna) to a collection item which can then be detected as the item travels past readers, or with a mobile device.