'Mini museum' a window on our past
As part of its work to make the town centre more vibrant, Whanganui District Council’s town centre regeneration team has installed a largescale display of historic photos in the window of the former Hallensteins’ building on lower Victoria Avenue. Town Centre Regeneration project manager, Ellen Young, says the team is already seeing a lot of enthusiasm and enjoyment as people engage with the history corner. The council’s heritage advisor, Scott Flutey, who is an historian by training, worked with local archives and institutions to select photos for the lower Victoria Avenue window display. He says he wanted to show lesser-known photos that had only recently been digitised and might be new to locals. Scott Flutey says the photos “create a ‘mini-museum’ experience, pinpointing interesting moments in the past century to give a sense of how people used that space before us and show what’s changed and what’s stayed the same.” A “mystery history” telephone will be installed near the historic photo display before Christmas, so audio stories can expand on the mini-museum experience. As with the telephone recently installed on Drews Avenue, history buffs will be able to enjoy story snippets about old Whanganui.