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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 National Digital Forum Barcamp 2015

Barcamp_2015-PosterThe Canterbury National Digital Forum Barcamp is happening on 19 June at Undercroft 101. This is your chance to meet with colleagues from the IT and GLAM sectors, share your ideas and ask questions. Registration for this FREE event is now open http://www.ndf.org.nz/barcamp-registration/

What is it?

An unconference where we plan out sessions on the day. Bring your questions, suggestions, ideas for discussion topics and an open mind.

 

This year we have guest speaker, Adrian Kingston from Te Papa, coming along. He will talk about what you should consider when collecting digital objects, covering topics like how to handle, catalogue and store digital objects as well as big picture ideas that may factor into policy making decisions.

Murray Quartly from FOCUS 360 will also share his exciting new panoramic app.

The rest of the day is wide open and up to you to shape.

Who is it for?

Anyone who works 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?

19 June 2015 9am -5pm

Where is it?

Undercroft 101, University of Canterbury (in the basement of the James Hight building)

http://maps.canterbury.ac.nz/home/browse/1811

How much does is cost

It’s FREE! But you have the register for catering purposes.

Where can I register?

Here http://www.ndf.org.nz/barcamp-registration/

Please print  the poster for  your workplace and feel free to circulate to interested parties.

Not in Christchurch? Don’t worry there will be a series of barcamps all throughout the country. See the NDF website for details.

I hope to see you there.

Joanna Szczepanski

NDF Regional Ambassador Canterbury

 

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Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Storiesring in your Great War treasures and meet with experts from across the country who can identify them.

Visit the new Canterbury Stories exhibition and discover more about Canterbury’s part in the First World War. Tell us your family story and it could be added to the exhibition.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free public event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the Canterbury community will be invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the “Canterbury Stories” exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co–ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

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Canterbury Stories Exhibition and Event

Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War

Canterbury 100 opening

The Wizard of New Zealand, and members of the McCaw and Westenra families to the Canterbury Stories exhibition at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

As part of the Canterbury 100 collaborative project, a special exhibition titled “Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War” opened at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on 12 September 2014.

“Canterbury Stories” will provide a Canterbury-focused insight into the First World War through the personal stories of those who experienced it – not only the soldiers and nurses on the front line but also the men, women and children who remained at home. Several well-known local celebrities have contributed their own family war stories to the exhibition, and these will be joined over time by many more personal accounts contributed by the people of Canterbury. It is intended that this exhibition will be refreshed and added to throughout the course of the First World War Centenary and will be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout the region.

“Canterbury Stories” aims to connect Cantabrians with their First World War heritage by allowing them to share their family’s wartime experiences through stories, photographs and objects. At the conclusion of the Centenary commemorations, these stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial.

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Discover and Share your First World War Stories

Bring in your Great War treasures and meet with experts from across the country who can identify them.

Visit the new Canterbury Stories exhibition and discover more about Canterbury’s part in the First World War. Tell us your family story and it could be added to the exhibition.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free public event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the Canterbury community will be invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the “Canterbury Stories” exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co–ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

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Beca Heritage Week 2014

Heritage-Week-200x200Beca Heritage Week 2014 begins on the 17 October and runs through until the 27 October. The year’s theme is Making Connections – Experience our past-present-future.

Brochures can be picked up from any Council Library or Service Centre or downloaded from www.heritageweek.co.nz.

In 2014 anniversaries include

  • 200 years since John Robert Godley was born in Dublin
  • 150 years since the first council artesian well was drilled
  • 510 years since New Zealand’s first hansom cab arrives in the city
  • 150 years since the foundation stone was laid for the Anglican Cathedral
  • 125 years since Cave and Maori artefacts were discovered at Moncks Spur
  • 125 years since the first New Zealand built locomotive was completed at Addington railway workshops
  • 100 years since Riccarton Bush was presented to the city by the Deans family
  • 100 years since World War I began
  • 75 years since World War II began
  • 75 years since the official opening of City Council’s pensioner housing project in Barnett Avenue, Sydenham; the first local body
    pensioner housing in New Zealand
  • 50 years since the Lyttelton Road Tunnel opened
  • 25 years since Waitangi Tribunal Hearing of land claim by Ngāi Tahu closes at Tuahiwi Marae
  • 25 years since new Christchurch City Council established through amalgamation of previous councils

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Rangiora Museum : Selected pictures from the silent movies

The Rangiora Museum in conjunction with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Rangiora High School Music Department – presents –

An Afternoon of Old Movies

These films include events in and around Rangiora from the 1930s to 2002.

  • A day in Rangiora 1950s by David King, then the Rangiora Borough Engineer.
  • Scenes from a 100 mile cycle road race through the Glen-Tui, Ashley and Waimakariri Gorges in 1939.
  • An early Rangiora A&P show.
  • Colour films of the Rangiora Centennial 1950.
  • Colour films of the wedding of Carol and Donald McKay, 1955.
  • The earliest film – Three Attempts to Get to Lake Sumner, 1930-32, was made by Rangiora inventor and garage owner Amos James Smith.
  • A very early sound film of the Kaiapoi Pa Centenary in 1931. This ceremony was attended by thousands of people, both Maori and pakeha. This excerpt is from a television programme made in 2009 and discusses the old Pa where the Pegasus subdivision is now.
  • A selection of early television commercials and Rangiora High School students competing in the 2002 Smoke Free Stage Challenge completes the programme.

Musical accompaniments by students of the Rangiora High School Music Department.

Selected pictures from the Silent movies

1.30 pm Sunday 29th June – Rangiora High School – School Hall, East Belt, Rangiora

ADMISSION: Adult $10. Child (Under 14) $5. Family $25.

Refreshments available

Tickets available from:

  • Enrapture Floral Design, Gables Arcade High Street, Rangiora-313 7751
  • Rangiora Museum (open Wednesday and Sunday from 1.30 to 4.00 pm) 310 7356

Silent-films-at-Rangiora

An Afternoon at the movies [PDF]

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The Art of the Dust Jacket

The Art of the Dust Jacket

This exhibition brings together a selection of book covers created by some of New Zealand’s most respected artists: Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Don Peebles and many others.

Many New Zealand artists have worked on book covers and dust jackets. This exhibition brings together a small selection of covers created by some of New Zealand’s most respected professional artists, whose work also appears in our art collection: Colin McCahon, Ralph Hotere, Raymond McIntyre, Don Peebles, Dick Frizzell and many others. From traditional representations that suggest a book’s contents, to quirky abstract designs that provide no such clues, all the covers chosen are exercises in design, done to the exacting, miniature requirements of the book cover.

Christchurch Art Gallery, Outer Spaces exhibition opens this Friday at Central Library Peterborough.

Runs 30 May 2014 – 14 Jul 2014

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Beyond the Cordon – the Red Zones through the eyes of the New Zealand Police Photographers

Beyond the cordonCanterbury Museum in collaboration with the New Zealand Police, proudly presents Beyond the Cordon – the Red Zones through the eyes of the New Zealand Police Photographers.

Canterbury Police Acting District Commander Superintendent Andy McGregor says the exhibition captures a unique perspective on this significant event in New Zealand history.

“Our Police photographers were an integral part of the emergency response, but also found themselves in a privileged position to be able to capture these remarkable images,” he says.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity for the work of Police photographers to gain wider recognition, and also to present in pictures the story of the outstanding emergency services response to the quake.”

Museum Director Anthony Wright says the exhibition features remarkable imagery of devastation, rescue and recovery following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, the largest emergency response ever seen in New Zealand, including some images which have never before been on public display. Continue reading

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Canterbury 100 – Help tell the story of Canterbury 1914-1918

Canterbury 100 - Help us tell the story of Canterbury 1914-1918

Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free community event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the public will be invited to bring along personal stories and artefacts relating to Cantabrians during World War I; specifically in the period leading up to the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.  Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation.  People can discuss the possibility of gifting their material with any of the participating organisations or can arrange to lend it for digitising or display.

The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will provide the content for a community-based exhibition, opening in April 2015, which will tell the story of “Canterbury’s Road to Gallipoli” (title to be confirmed).  The exhibition will then be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout Canterbury.

It is intended that this will be repeated in the period leading up to the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2017, and again to mark the Armistice and Peace celebrations in 2018.  At the conclusion of the WWI Centenary commemorations, the stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial to the people of Canterbury who experienced the First World War.

Do you have a story to contribute to the Canterbury 100 project?

We are looking for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts relating to Cantabrians in World War One, from soldiers and nurses on the front line to the men, women and children who remained on the “Home Front” in New Zealand.

To tell us your story, or for more information about how you can get involved, please visit the Canterbury 100 project site or contact canterbury100@airforcemuseum.co.nz

Organisations supporting Canterbury 100:

For information about other inititives around the country see ww100.govt.nz.

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Reconnect: experience heritage

reconnectCalling local heritage owners and enthusiasts

Christchurch City Council is calling for owners of heritage buildings and places, and anyone with a particular heritage interest to run open days, tours or organise walks as part of a one-off heritage event in October.

Co-ordinated by the Council, Reconnect: experience heritage will be held over three days from October 18-20th 2013, offering the community an opportunity to reconnect with the city and peninsula’s heritage following the earthquakes.

The event will kick off with a one-day forum on Friday October 18th, co-ordinated by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. A range of speakers will discuss heritage repair and recovery issues. Then, over the weekend of October 19th and 20th, a host of heritage walks and tours will be held throughout Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. The Council will run its own series of guided walks and tours to update the community on a selection of its heritage assets, while each heritage group or building owner will manage their own event. Council will co-ordinate the programme of events, producing a print and web-based brochure detailing all the events over the two days and will promote the weekend through various media outlets.

“We’d love to hear from anyone in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula who would like their heritage place to be part of this exciting heritage weekend,” says Helen Beaumont, Natural Environment and Heritage Unit Manager at Christchurch City Council.

“Buildings and places do not have to be listed heritage to take part – we’d like people to be open minded and put forward anything they believe would be of heritage interest to the community.”

“Canterbury still has a great wealth of heritage, and we’d love to give people the opportunity to get up close and personal with as many of these places as possible, all packaged up into one big weekend of reconnection.”

Anyone interested in including a heritage building or place in Reconnect: experience heritage is asked to register their interest by August 23 by completing and emailing the Reconnect 2013 Registration Form to heritageevent@ccc.govt.nz or phoning Clare Steel on 941 8789.

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