Methodist Archives to close for storage development in February

 The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives national repository in Christchurch will be closed from Wednesday 2 February 2011 for a long-awaited storage development. We apologise for the late advisement of the date of closure; this is another side-effect of the Christchurch earthquake.

We hope to re-open the Archives, along with our expanded storage area, on 7 June 2011. Any change to this date will be advised as soon as possible on the Methodist Church website.

During the period the Archives are closed, there will be limited facility to answer written enquiries. This is because the present storage is going to be sealed off to prevent dust and damage to the collection (we are sealing round the door). Our Reading Room is also being used for storage, while the areas being fitted out with new shelving are built, so researchers are not able to visit.

The Archives volunteer team and I will be working on the typing backlog, which will mean we can put more information about our holdings on the Methodist Church website.

During our closure, access to Methodist Church publications, newspapers, photographs and information can be found in the following repositories:

Jo Smith
Archivist
Methodist Church of New Zealand 

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