Conscious of the need to ensure succession, the Trust is delighted to welcome new board member Chloe Searle. Chloe has a master’s degree in museum and heritage and is thus well placed to advise us on displays… both with updating our web-site and in the real world where we follow the philosophy of endeavouring to create as authentic a re-creation of the Frame household in the 1930s as we can.
The house opened daily from 2-4pm from 1st November 2015-30th April 2016 under the supervision of Lynley Caldwell and 40 loyal volunteers who are called on so that Sundays can be days of rest for our curator/host.
Lynley reports that the number of visitors remains at a steady 400 (or so) visitors per season. Sometimes the Trust is called on to facilitate visits from overseas groups, such as the party of students and lecturers from Franklin University in Switzerland in May. Tour guide Helen Stead showed the group around sites in Oamaru which are referenced in Frame’s writing.
Anna Smaill, whose novel “The Chimes” was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015, delivered a public lecture on “Janet Frame and Dystopia”. The venue was packed out and we record our appreciation to the Oamaru Library staff for their continuing support for co-hosting such events.