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Now on: The Three R's - Education in South Canterbury

On from 31 August to 24 November

Schools today bear little resemblance to “traditional” schooling using repetition and focused on the three r’s – reading, writing, and arithmetic – that was brought from Europe by our early settlers.

This exhibition will provide snapshots of how our education system and local schools developed as the community grew. Major changes through the twentieth century reflected societies gender perceptions of the time – for boys in rural high school had compulsory agricultural classes, while girls did home science. Once there was even a feeling that further (secondary) education made girls unfit for motherhood!

The exhibition touches upon these subjects and more. Well illustrated with photographs, digital media, and items from past and present, the exhibition will evoke memories for anyone who once attended school.

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While you are here .....

For a fantastic free day out in Timaru visit the South Canterbury Museum.

Explore our two levels full of local nature, history and culture, including film presentations in our Heritage Theatre.

With loads of interactive exhibits and special programmes for children and adults, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Don't miss a great day out!

Please contact us if you would like more information on our special programmes.