First aid to cultural heritage

DST News Spring 2018 : First aid to cultural heritage in times of crisis – report by Frances Husband.

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Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives opening

From 4 September 2018 the Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives in Christchurch will be open for researchers after 7 years of restricted availability after the Christchurch earthquakes.

Our new purpose-built, environmentally controlled building Kei Muri Māpara, is located at the back of the Methodist Church Administration Division office at 50 Langdons Road.


Archivist, Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives
54 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Telephone:     (03) 366 6049




  • Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm-4 pm or by appointment.
  • Closed weekends and public holidays, including Easter Tuesday.
  • Christmas—New Year from 13 December 2018-reopening 8 January 2019.

Note that if the Archivist away, because this is a sole-charge repository, there is no one else to open it for researchers.


No charge for access during office working hours, but charges for purchasing copies or for the Archives staff undertaking research on your behalf.

For more details of charges, please see Research fees and charges


  • While our street address is 54 Langdons Road, we are accessed through the carpark off an un-named lane on Langdons Road between numbers 50 and 58.
  • Visitor parking beside Archives building Kei Muri Māpara.


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Lunchtime lectures on local government in Christchurch

The Canterbury History Foundation presents a series of 4 lunchtime lectures to mark the 150th anniversary of the Christchurch City Council in the Function Room of the Civic Offices commencing at noon on Friday 15 June.

  • ELECTION OF MAYORSFriday 15 June : John Cookson “Independent Christchurch:the Era of Local Self-Government- 1868 -1940″ .
  • Friday 22 June :  Geoff Rice ” Healthy Christchurch: the  Quiet Revolution in Public Health, 1870-1910
  • Friday 29 June : Lyndon Fraser ” Destination Christchurch: 150 Years of Migration”
  • Friday 6 July : Te Maire Tau – “Ngai Tahu in the City”

Lectures start promptly at noon.

Image from Paper Past

Lyttelton Times, Volume XXIX, Issue 2330, 11 June 1868

Christchurch City Council Civic Offices Location


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Developing & writing an emergency plan : Canterbury Disaster Team workshop

This 2-day workshop course will introduce the basic concepts and tools relevant for developing and writing an emergency plan. It will provide a systematic approach to define objective, scope and content of the emergency plan of the participants institutions, as well as process of the plan, target audience and the agency(ies) responsible for its implementation.

Venue: Air Force Museum
Cost: $150.00 per person
Limited to: 30 people
Date: August 2nd and 3rd (Thursday and Friday)
Instructor: Vesna Zivkovic

Contact Lynn Campbell to express interest.

Full workshop details :  Developing & writing an emergency plan : Canterbury Disaster Team workshop.

Newsletter, double issue : September 2017 & March 2018.


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Temporary closure : Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives

Notice of temporary closure Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives 1 June 2018-September 2018.

After seven years with the Methodist Church’s archives collection stored in a warehouse as a consequence of the Christchurch earthquakes, it will soon be moving into a purpose-built, environmentally controlled building, located at 54 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch alongside the Methodist Church’s Administration Division building.

The Methodist Archives in Christchurch has always been the national archive of the Methodist Church and our new repository will also include records from our closed branch in Auckland.

We are closing for three months to move the collection and enable the Archivist and volunteers to unpack and arrange the collection ready for use.

The ability to answer written enquiries will be limited during this period and we will be closed to researchers until September 2018.

From September we will be open Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm-4 pm or by appointment.

Jo Smith

Methodist Church of New Zealand
50 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140
Phone 03 366 6049 ext 831

Requests to view documents, photographs or architectural plans held in the Methodist Archives collection need to be made with the Archivist before visiting as our collection is in storage.

Please use our website catalogue to request what you would like to see.

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Canterbury / West Coast Regional Digital Forum 24 October 2017

The Canterbury / West Coast Regional Digital Forum is happening on 24 October 2017 at the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. The Regional Digital Forum is a meet up for those involved in any way with creating or using digital innovation within GLAM and Tech sectors. It is a chance to connect with people doing innovative projects within galleries, libraries, archives and museums and learn where our sector is heading as we face the digital future. It’s a free event and you can register here:

What is it?

Our regions have many cultural institutions and individuals involved in wide range of digital activities, from digitising collections to using new technologies for public programming and many other things. Each year many of these assemble in Wellington for a national digital forum, but not everyone can get to this event. We still need input and colleagues to bounce ideas and problems off though, so a one day regional digital forum is great for you or for that someone on your staff who could benefit.

The forum is run as an unconference where we plan out sessions on the day. Bring your questions, suggestions, ideas for discussion topics and an open mind. You don’t need to be an expert but we want everybody to take part and contribute to the discussion.

Who is it for?

Anyone who works anywhere in the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), anyone who produces digital media projects for this sector (web developers, app makers etc) or anyone with an interest in these areas.

When is it?

24 October 2017 10am – 2.30pm

Where is it?

Hao Room, Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

How much does is cost?

It’s FREE! But make sure you register for catering purposes.

Where can I register?

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Katherine Moody
NDF Regional Ambassador Canterbury

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Seminar : Disaster management, draft programme

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by | April 18, 2017 · 11:05 am

Seminar : Disaster management, June 2017

If you wish to register for this please contact Lyn Campbell.

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Advance notice : Workshop, Disaster Salvage

A workshop organised by the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team will be taking place at Christchurch Art Gallery in mid June-ish on best practise in the event of a disaster (as identified by the hands on workshop we had last year).  It will be dealing with preventive issues, good storage, and display. We are hoping to get as many areas covered as possible.

Flyer to follow with finalised dates and other information in the near future.

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by | March 23, 2017 · 9:46 am

Guide – salvaging collections, a guide

Part 1 of a best practice guide in the event of a disaster for salvaging your collections.

This is a work in progress so if anyone has any further suggestions let me know.

Part 2 (March 2017).

Lynn Campbell

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