MUSEUM LECTURES (Evening Post, 19 March 1937)

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museum lectures for benefit of schools the way in which the dominion museum can and should be used for educational purposes was exemplified this morning when well over 300 pupils from the technical school rongotai and queen margaret college assembled there in the lecture hall to an eager and enthralled audience mr w j phillipps unfolded the traditional story of the homeland of the maori race he then went on to detail how port nicholson and its environs were first settled by the maori and discussed the various aspects of the everyday life of the maori how he fished and obtained other food to take the place of that to which he had been accustomed in his previous home lantern slides illustrated the lecturer points and objects in the museum were also used for illustrative purposes finally a movie was screened this showing a dominion museum expedition some years ago to the east coast of the north island in it were seen various fishing operations also the late mr elsdon best taking notes and mr johannes andersen practising string games with its up-to-date facilities in the way of a lecture hall which seats 350 and projection lanterns the dominion museum is in a position to augment in a very valuable way the ordinary educational curriculum itis intended to hold similar lectures periodically for the benefit of pupils from secondary schools and perhaps later to extend operations so as to include children from the primary schools as well


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