Archives and research services – availability

Updated: November 2013

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.

November 2013 update: Our office will resume full reading room hours (after curtailing our open hours in 2011) – 9.30am to 5pm on Monday 16 December 2013.

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.
25 July 2013 Update: Pre-booked access to the collections is available on the third Monday of every month.

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
Re-opened April 24 2012.  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
26 April 2012  While the Gallery itself remains closed, the Library is open and able to receive visitors. The archives are still unavailable, but I am hopeful that will change very soon too. We are here for, and I quote, “at least four months” (make of that what you will!), at which point we’ll move out again – to an unknown location for an unspecified period… Tim Jones

Christchurch City Libraries
Online databases including and findmypast are accessible at all libraries.
Central Library Peterborough (opened 19 December 2011) has some Aotearoa New Zealand Centre material – the Church card registers; newspapers on microfilm; older electoral rolls and street directories (microfiche). A selection of book material from the Aotearoa New Zealand Collection is available at Central Library Tuam (opened July 2012).
The Archives and research collections are available by appointment.

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.

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School Archives have been put into storage and are not available for research.

St Margaret’s College Archives are available for research on Thursdays and Fridays.  Please contact the archivist,  Geraldine Pickles, to arrange an appointment.

Cust Museum is closed to the public until strengthening work and earthquake repairs are completed.

Methodist Archives Collection

May 2013  Notice of short term closure: Closed from Wednesday 29 May 2013 reopening Wednesday 17 July 2013.

14 Nov 2012 Scheduled to reopen 9 January 2013

13 June 2012  We are currently moving the Methodist Archives Collection out of Morley House, 25 Latimer Square to a temporary storage facility. This is to enable a full assessment of the ground floor of Morley House and also make the Archives Collection available again. The December 2010 earthquakes caused considerable further damage to our building, and because of this, the decision was made to relocate the Archives Collection in June 2011.
Once the Archives are moved , we will re-order them on the shelves there and hope to have the Archives Collection available again for researchers to visit by the end of the year. I will advise of a re-opening date when I know it. Jo SmithArchivistMethodist Church of New Zealand Archives


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  1. Pingback: Methodist Archives reopen « Christchurch City Libraries Blog

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