The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives has moved. Sort of.

The Administration Division of the Methodist Church has moved to its new office, Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Papanui, Christchurch.  The Methodist Archives is part of the Administration Division.

While the Archivist and volunteer team have relocated to Langdons Road, the Archives Collection has not and this still remains in a storage facility.

For researchers to access documents, photographs, books or plans, from now on they will have to make a prior arrangement with the Archivist.

The Archivist will retrieve requested items from storage and transport them to 50 Langdons Road where they can be viewed.

Researchers will need to consult the catalogue on our website and let the Archivist know what they want to see.  At least 24 hours notice in advance is required and an appointment time needs to be made during office working hours as a meeting room will have to be booked.

http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives/archives_collection

This move to Langdons Road has meant that our opening hours are longer and more flexible than the previous half day per week, but records do need to be pre-ordered.

The future Archives Repository building has been approved by the Board of Administration of the Methodist Church and we have been advised that construction will start in 2017.  This is a purpose-built building and will be adjacent to Weteriana House at 50 Langdons Road.

For more information please contact:

Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives Christchurch
National repository for the archives of the Methodist Church of New Zealand

Contact:

Head Archivist, Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives
Weteriana House, 50 Langdons Road, Christchurch 8053
PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Telephone:        (03) 366 6049 ext 831

Email:                 archives@methodist.org.nz

Web:                   http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives

Hours:                By appointment with the Archivist.  Closed weekends, public holidays, Christmas—New Year and Easter Tuesday.

Availability:       Please telephone or email the Archivist before visiting to make an appointment and arrange for records to be retrieved from storage.

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

  • Transcript of entry in baptism register: $10.00
  • Written enquiries requiring research on behalf: $25.00 per half hour.

For more details of charges, please see our website http://www.methodist.org.nz/archives

PS – unfortunately while the Archivist is away, there is no service.  I will be away from 16 December – 16 January 2017.

Season’s Greetings to you all.

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Memory of the World NZ register welcomes four new inscriptions

 

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is delighted to announce four new inscriptions to the New Zealand documentary heritage register.

The successful inscriptions are:

  • The Sir John Logan Campbell Papers (the Sir John Logan Campbell Residuary Estate and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum)
  • The Katherine Mansfield Literary and Personal Papers (Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)
  • Waipu Scottish Migration Collection (Waipu Museum)
  • Lance Eric Richdale Papers (1912-1980) (Hocken Collections, Dunedin.)

Memory of the World NZ Chair Dianne Macaskill announced the new inscriptions at a function at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in Wellington today.

You can view more information about the inscriptions and the register on the Memory of the World New Zealand’s website.

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Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives opening February 2017

Image from Archives New Zealand

Christchurch Anglican Cathedral, Archives New Zealand

The Christchurch Anglican Diocesan Archives will re-open on Wednesday 15th February, 2017.

Times of opening each Wednesday will be 1.00pm-4.30pm.

Access will be by appointment only.

Please email the archivist at least 10 days prior to your planned visit to make sure the material you require is available, and that there is adequate seating and parking to accommodate you.

A reply will be sent indicating whether there is space on any day, and offering an alternative day if necessary, as well as information about location. If you just turn up there is no guarantee that you will be able to undertake research.

Saturday Trial

If you are unable to visit on a Wednesday, the archives will be open during the summer on the following Saturdays from 10.00am-2.30pm.

  • Saturday February 25
  • Saturday March 25
  • Saturday April 29

A space to eat lunch is available.

Booking for Saturday seats must also be made at least 10 days in advance.

Contact: archivesdiochch@anglicanlife.org.nz  or phone 03-365-9444

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Coming soon : Fire & flood workshop

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Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre premiere

This short film is a celebration of the Recovery Centre and its achievements. It tells the stories of the many cultural and heritage groups affected by the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010/2011 and their road to recovery.

 

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Public talk : Rewi Alley Collection, Canterbury Museum

Rewi Alley and a Bronze bust of Alley by Francis A. Shurrock (1887-1977), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1939. The original bronze cast was lost in enemy action on the way to New Zealand during World War Two. The present bust was recast and donated to Canterbury Museum in 1958 by a group of Alleys’ friends, including Shurrock. It was exhibited at the opening of the Hall of Oriental Art.

Rewi Alley and a Bronze bust of Alley by Francis A. Shurrock (1887-1977), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1939. The original bronze cast was lost in enemy action on the way to New Zealand during World War Two. The present bust was recast and donated to Canterbury Museum in 1958 by a group of Alleys’ friends, including Shurrock. It was exhibited at the opening of the Hall of Oriental Art.

New Zealand’s largest collection of Chinese artefacts is now accessible online.

A website documenting and describing the 1,378 objects in the Rewi Alley Collection at Canterbury Museum has been developed by researchers in the first stage of a three-year Marsden-funded project.

Dr Bullen will give a free public talk about Rewi Alley and the Canterbury Museum Collection at 10.15 am to 11.30 am on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at Canterbury Museum.

New Zealand’s largest collection of Chinese artefacts is now available for the public to view in its entirety for the first time.

A website documenting and describing the 1,378 objects in the Rewi Alley Collection at Canterbury Museum has been developed by researchers in the first stage of a three-year Marsden-funded project.

Dr Richard Bullen (University of Canterbury and Canterbury Museum Research Fellow) and Associate Professor James Beattie (University of Waikato) are investigating the scope of the Alley Collection, why and how it developed and whether the gifting and display of artefacts encouraged favourable perceptions of a ‘New China’ in New Zealand during the Cold War.

Springfield-born Alley visited China in 1927 out of curiosity. He stayed for the rest of his life, only occasionally returning to New Zealand. He donated his first objects to Canterbury Museum in 1932. In 1956 then Canterbury Museum Director Roger Duff visited China and brought back a large collection from Alley. Alley brought more objects during trips to New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s but more often relied on an extensive social network of New Zealanders visiting China to deliver objects to Duff on their return home.

Dr Bullen says, “The website brings together, in one publicly accessible place, a unique collection spanning 5,000 years of Chinese art and culture. Many of the objects are very old and very rare and we’ve discovered some surprises, for example a painting by important twentieth century Chinese painter Li Keran.”

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Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team – newsletter, April 2016

Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team - logo 4.35am, Saturday 4 September 2010. It’s dark, the room and its contents are shaking. As the ground below starts to settle, rumbling begins in the distance followed by another jolt that sends the heartbeat racing. Looking back, we  can see that this earthquake was the beginning of a journey that the museum sector in Canterbury never expected  to encounter, one full of trials and tribulations as well as hope and camaraderie. In the aftermath of the February  2011 earthquake, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand found themselves in a position to be able to help those  institutions who had nowhere else to go.

Read more (PDF) :  The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre – a brief history of a temporary storage facility during the Christchurch quakes / Moya Sherriff

 

 

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An Introduction to Caring for Victorian Photographs

An Introduction to Caring for Victorian Photographs

Thursday 19 – Friday 20 November 2015, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Canterbury Museum
Rolleston Avenue
Christchurch

$15 per person – to cover cost of materials
Bring your own lunch or buy at the Museum Cafe

Often the care of photographs is neglected due to a lack of knowledge about their proper care and storage. This seminar aims to address this by providing a basic overview of the most common photographic processes for nineteenth century images.

The seminar will be aimed at, but not limited to, small institutions with volunteer staff, or newcomers to the archival field, that have photographic collections as part of a wider archival collection. Some practical exercises will be included; specific conservation issues will not be covered.

Please think about any problems or issues you have, or might want to talk about and, if possible, bring along an example to look at. There’s no guarantee you will get definitive answers on the day but your hosts will try to find answers and get back to you.

Please contact Joanna Szczepanski if you have any further questions. joannas@canterburymuseum.com or 03 366 9429 ext 895

Run by Canterbury Museum and the Airforce Museum of New Zealand

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Notice: New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Annual Conference

The NZCCM will be holding its annual conference in Christchurch. The NZCCM is an association of professional conservators of cultural property employed in public museums, art galleries, libraries and in private practice. Our professional body has regional centres in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The title of this year’s conference is “Mending the Threads – Conservation’s Contribution to Cultural Revival’ offering an array of international and local speakers to talk on the subject of conservation’s relationship with indigenous nations. The conference is taking place at the Air Force Museum in Christchurch. Wednesday 28th October will be a full day of topics on this subject. The conference dinner will take place on the Wednesday evening in central Christchurch. Thursday 29th focuses on disaster preparedness and other general topics, followed by the AGM with a post reception drinks session again in central Christchurch that evening. There are also options for a tour and a workshop on Friday 30th.

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Just launched: IFLA Risk Register for documentary heritage

Holland House Library, 1940

IFLA has created a Risk Register for documentary heritage in order to raise awareness for the preservation, conservation, and safeguarding of documentary heritage (in any format) world-wide. We aim to gather data on documentary heritage collections in order to be able to respond adequately if confronted with natural or man-made disasters.

The Risk Register enables IFLA to provide contact and geo-spatial information to UNESCO and the organisational partners of the International Committee of the Blue Shield acting in case of disaster. This increases the survival of unique documentary heritage and its safeguarding to help rebuild communities in the post-disaster recovery period and beyond.

Who is the Risk Register for?

The Risk Register is for everyone who is an owner/custodian of a documentary heritage collection. In most case these are libraries/archives (national, research, public etc.), but in some cases documentary heritage is in private hands. We encourage registrations to the Risk Register from all holders (public and private) in order for IFLA to respond in the most complete manner.

Why register your collection?

We recommend registrations to the Risk Register from all countries/regions world-wide in order to raise awareness for risk mitigation and training, adequate preservation and conservation of collections, and if disaster strikes, to react to this.

Should a natural or man-made disaster occur, IFLA will work with the nominated contacts for each collection and international agencies to provide assistance on the preservation and conservation of collections.

Who can access the data?

The data registered with the IFLA Risk Register is maintained on secure systems and will only be accessible by authorised IFLA staff. It is collected to react to disaster and safeguard documentary heritage when needed.

Register a collection

To register your collection, an online nomination form must be submitted.  Please see full details on how to register your documentary heritage collection and complete the web form.

For questions, please contact: cultural.heritage@ifla.org.

Please also see the webversion.

Julia Brungs
Policy and Projects Officer
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) P.O. Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague
Netherlands
Phone: 0031703140884
Email: Julia.brungs@ifla.org

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