• House of Memories - 1953

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The 150 year celebrations in 2003 saw a modern extension added to The House of Memories for the safer housing of the collection. In 2008 a new exhibition was established, largely inspired by the 2003 Grand Pageant which had “opened everybody’s eyes” to the tremendous emotive power of the migration story.

The Waipu Scottish Migration Museum has achieved a huge amount over the past 15 years:

  • The conversion of a charming “granny’s attic” into a modern story telling museum
  • The restoration of Waipu’s Old Manse
  • The rescue and acquisition of two more heritage buildings
  • The establishment of a ‘Men’s Shed’ in one of these buildings
  • The production of numerous theatrical and fund-raising events
  • Being twice a finalist in the national Museum’s Aotearoa Awards
  • Recipient of a UNESCO ‘Memory of the World’ Award
  • The establishment of the annual “Art n Tartan” Wearable Art Awards
  • The creation of a village exhibition commemorating Waipu’s involvement in the Great War
  • A comprehensive plan for the future includes plans to foster greater awareness of the Maori life of the district prior to European settlement