Museum passport is pupils’ ticket to history, culture, prizes

2010-01-26 00:00

LAST year hundreds of pupils from 15 schools had the chance to explore the treasures housed in Pietermaritzburg’s museums and the Tatham Art Gallery as part of the inaugural Museum Passport scheme.

This year, those same institutions are hoping to welcome even more young people through their doors.

The Museum Passport scheme encourages pupils at junior and high schools to visit the following institutions over a two-month period: Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu Street; Pietermaritzburg Tourism in Chief Albert Luthuli Street; the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum in Langalibalele Street; Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu Street; the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street; Comrades House in Connaught Road; and The Old Prison in Burger Street.

Pupils can visit the participating venues either with their schools or individually and must ensure that they get their museum passports stamped when they visit.

The school with the most stamped entries will win a photocopier sponsored by Nashua Maritzburg, and two lucky pupils will win notebook computers sponsored by The Witness.

There are also smaller prizes up for grabs, including iPods, MP3 players and stationery packs to be won by both schools and pupils who complete the project.

“To qualify for the prizes, you need to visit all seven participating venues,” Viranna Frank of The Natal Museum stressed. “Last year some schools didn’t visit all the venues so they didn’t qualify for any prizes.”

Last year’s winners, Little Flower Primary School in Ixopo, received an Aficio 1015 copier from Nashua Printers, while second- placed Villa Maria Primary School of Table Mountain received a Lexmark printer.

Schools across the province are invited to attend the official launch of the 2010 Museum Passport on February 1 at the Comrades House Museum in Connaught Road. The competition will be explained at the event and interested schools will be given their passports.

The closing date for entries is April 12, and winners will be drawn shortly after the competition closes.

For more information about the project, contact any one of the participating organisations listed in the box.

CONTACT DETAILS:

• Ntokozo Mthethwa of The Old Prison — 033 845 0400;

• Viranna Frank of the Natal Museum — 033 341 0556;

• Sian Theron of Comrades House Museum — 033 897 8650;

• Marigold Rei of Macrorie House Museum — 033 394 2161;

• Sdu Ndlovu of PMB Tourism – 033 345 1348;

• Mabo Mdluli of the Voortrekker/Msunduzi Museum – 033 394 6845; and

• Thulani Makhaye of the Tatham Art Gallery – 033 392 2801.

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