Selwyn’s rich agricultural history will be a feature of the pop-up museum. Photo Lincoln and Districts Historical Society

Pop-up museum

by Mike Isle

A popular attraction at this year’s Ellesmere A&P Spring Show will undoubtedly be a new pop-up museum celebrating Selwyn’s history.

The interactive and engaging museum will be at the Ellesmere Showgrounds on Saturday 19 October.

The district’s museums, historic societies and heritage collection holders have come together with the Council to create the museum with a modern twist.

“The museum will provide an interactive experience using historic films, online tools and displays to weave together tales of Selwyn’s heritage and enable visitors to journey through time and across the district,”
said district arts coordinator Becca Boffandeau.

“The museum is a great opportunity to enjoy and discover the things that have made the district what it is today.

“It’s been a huge collaborative effort from many different groups to put together something informative and fun that really speaks to who we are as a district.”

Homebush Stables will also hold an open day on Sunday 20 October 10am–4pm as part of the Beca Christchurch Heritage Festival.

The museum, historic buildings and gardens are on the historic family property of the Deans family, who were the first European settlers on the Canterbury plains. Entry to Ellesmere Spring Fair Showgrounds: Adults $15, Children free (under 12 years). Entry to the Homebush Stables open day is $5, children under 14 free.