What Are We Doing Next?

1.   The Stone Shed Museum

It has always been the intention of the Friends to open the stone shed to visitors as a display of past artefacts to illustrate Paihia's past - particularly in relation to the family of Canon Percy Temple Williams, whose home this was. Other projects have kept us busy until now and at last we have time and funds to focus on supplying this amenity.

The dual concerns of how to conserve the artefacts to prevent further deterioration and how to display the items to protect them have kept us busy for quite a while.

The Friends have now commissioned Workshop E to design and construct a display facility within the stone shed to

display our artefacts.

Workshop E has provided a concept that mirrors the way the Friends thought the display should be made. Displaying the artefacts in an enclosed cabinet will provide a suitable environment and a large degree of security for the artefacts intended for display. There will also be interpretive signs that will explain details of

the display and the shed.


Further conservation work on the artefacts will also be carried out to protect them from further deterioration.

Arrangements will then be made to allow for public access. How this is to be done is still under discussion, but may require hiring a "tour guide" to assist visitors.

To complement the History Trail brochure that is under production, the Friends hope to also provide a small brochure outlining the many artefacts displayed.

Williams House Paihia - a current view inside the stone shed, showing some artefacts
Williams House Paihia - hand made rake
Williams House Paihia - historic stone shed interpretative sign

2.   QR Codes for History Trail Signs

QR codes are two-dimensional bar codes that contain varying amounts of information. Simple versions contain basic details such as a part number, but some more complicated versions can contain complete web page data.

These codes were originally used by Toyota to track various items in their vehicle assembly plants, Now they commonly contain a web site URL for users to scan with their smartphone or tablet computer and then can see the complete parent web page. The latter is the use we are exploring.

Once we decide how to get these codes printed, we will fix them to interpretative signs on our History Trail to enable visitors to access more detailed information about Williams House and the grounds.

On the right are two possible versions of how we can display the required QR codes. A decision we have to make is how detailed the codes are and the impact they will have on the signs. Both of the illustrated examples should take users to our current page on the Business Paihia web site.

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