Update : Archives and research services in the city

Archives NZ
90% of material is now accessible although there may be delays.
Reading Room hours are 9.30am to 1pm – see their website for further information

Macmillan Brown Library
Fully operational – see website for access details

Canterbury Museum
The stacks are damaged and closed, and the Documentary Research Centre is closed until further notice.

Sound Archives
The collection has been retrieved and is in temporary accommodation.
Access to the digital collection is available.

Anglican Diocesan Archives
Records and collections have been retrieved from their Hereford St site and are in storage – but are not available to the public at present.

Christ’s College archives
Available – Tuesday and Thursday – please ring for an appointment.

Christchurch City Council Archives
Closed until further notice. Whilst there was no damage to the facility where the archives are stored, or to the archives themselves, the area has been reallocated for Civil Defence purposes.  More information.

Air Force Museum, Wigram
Presently providing storage to a large number of community collections. Access to their Research Collection as normal

Art Gallery library and archive
Closed until further notice.

Christchurch City Libraries
Online databases including ancestry.com and findmypast are accessible at all libraries but the Archives collection and Central Library research collections are not yet available.
See Christchurch City Libraries – News  for the latest information on which libraries are open.

Sumner Museum archives
Currently stored in a container until such time as we can get a pre-fab or room in the district.

The Ngāi Tahu Archives
Archives based at Macmillan Brown are accessible (as per the Macmillan Brown statement).
The Ngāi Tahu Archives that are based with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu are not accessible at the moment.


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