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Kids visit olden days

Wednesday, 16th January, 2013

Kelsie Mitchell (above) writes down what she saw at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum. Inset: A good mix of boys and girls attended yesterday’s workshop. Kelsie Mitchell (above) writes down what she saw at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum. Inset: A good mix of boys and girls attended yesterday’s workshop.

By Emily Roberts

Children attending a holiday workshop at The Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum yesterday saw some very odd things and learnt some very interesting facts.

They explored the Museum’s “Odditorium”, an exhibition of curiosities and quirky objects from The Power House Museum in Sydney, and also discovered what it was like to live in Broken Hill in the old days.

The Museum’s Education Officer, Ian Howarth, said they learnt about our mining heritage, Broken Hill’s geology and inspected the Miner’s Cottage.

“Hopefully, they have learnt something from the exhibition and by looking at the Miner’s Cottage,” he said.

“They could see how people used to live and what they used to use. They realised that weren’t any refrigerators.

“They looked at the heritage and how people lived - it was really hard.”

Mr Howarth said he also noticed that the workshop attracted a lot of new kids.

“It was interesting to have a slightly different group of children,” he said.

“There was a good ratio of boys and girls as well. All up, we had about 18 kids attend. It has been a good day.

“Kids love to create and these kids have been well-behaved.”

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