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

$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. 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:

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
Phone: 0031703140884

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Foundation of Geological Time

Celebrating William Smith’s famous geological map, ‘A delineation of the strata of England and Wales’

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith’s iconic work, and the recent ‘rediscovery’ of the University of Canterbury’s original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.

Open day exhibition – This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury’s incarnation of Smith’s map, significant related geological works from the university’s Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it’s relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.

Public Lecture – Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘service to science through research and teaching’. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.

Smiths Maps

Event: Open day exhibition
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am – 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)
RSVP: No RSVP required

Event: Public Lecture
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by replying to

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Remembering The First World War 1914-1918 Speaker Series

LIU-WW100-Speaker-Series-A3-Poster---PRINT-cropJoin Christchurch City Libraries at the following events

Canterbury at War
Travel back in time to uncover the experiences of Cantabrians, both at home and overseas, during the First World War. Canterbury Museum’s Curator of Human History, Sarah Murray, will share some of the stories and history of special objects from the Museum’s collections.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (6:30PM – 7:30PM)
Upper Riccarton Library

Nurses at War
We know a great deal about why New Zealand men went away to fight, what happened to them in South Africa, in Gallipoli and France, in the desert, Italy, Greece, Crete and the Pacific, and how they fared on their return. But the military nurses who worked in South Africa from 1899 to 1902, in many theatres of war from 1914 to 1918, in Spain during the Civil War and in a variety of countries from 1939 to 1948, have not, until recently, been so well known. Anna Rogers, author of While You’re Away: New Zealand Nurses at War 1899–1948, will talk about the contribution made by these remarkable women and speak about three nurses, two of them from Canterbury, who served overseas in South Africa, the First World War and the Second World War.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 (2:00PM – 3:00PM)
South Library

Glyn Harper on his book Johnny Enzed. The New Zealand Soldier of the First World War
Professor Glyn Harper will be talking about his book Johnny Enzed. The New Zealand Soldier of the First World War.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 (6:00PM – 8:00PM)
Central Library Peterborough

Visit for further details

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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

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)

How much does is cost

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

Where can I register?


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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Hands on Labelling Workshop – Saturday, 11 April

We still have 6 spaces left…workshop

The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre in partnership with National Service Te Paerangi present:

Hands on Labelling Workshop

Lead by two of New Zealand’s top Paper and Object Conservators Lynn Campbell and Emily Fryer

Labelling museum objects with their accession number is really important to do correctly and safely; it links donor, catalogue and historical information to the object and helps track the location of objects in the museum.

There are many ways of labelling museum objects, come along and learn all of them today!

When: Saturday 11 April 2015, 9am – 5.30pm

Where: Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre

Only 20 spaces available; contact Moya to reserve your place today.

phone: 03 343 9522

Labelling kits and equipment provided.

Coffee/tea available. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or make purchases at Tuck Shop Café within the Air Force Museum.

On arrival please go to the Air Force Museum main entrance desk and ask for Moya.

Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre
Air Force Museum
45 Harvard Ave
Christchurch 8140
Direct Dial: 03 343 9522

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Waimakariri World War I Memorials field trip

Heritage New Zealand is excited to offer a tour visiting a number of World War I country memorials in the Waimakariri District, Canterbury. 2015 is the centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. So why not get a head start on Anzac Day this year by exploring how local communities in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Cust, Birch Hill Station, and Rangiora chose to remember their lost men?

Birch Hill Station Cemetery and Memorial

World War I memorials are found in virtually every township in New Zealand, usually in the main street. The design and details of the memorials were the result of much debate, thought, and emotion. Local war memorials provide clues to what the terrible events of the Great War meant to the people of New Zealand.

Tour members will learn how and why Waimakariri memorials were constructed. Kaiapoi War Memorial, produced by noted Christchurch sculptor William Trethewey in 1922, is one of New Zealand’s most important soldier figure memorials. The smaller memorials in Cust and Oxford are good examples of the more common obelisk memorial. We’ll also have a guided tour of St James Anglican Church. This church was built in 1865 to plans provided by Bury and Mountford and has a number of features commemorating World War I. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy at Birch Hill Station Cemetery. This beautiful spot has a rare memorial commemorating pioneer families of the district, as well as local men and horses sent to war. The cemetery is currently being put forward for listing by Heritage New Zealand. Robyn Burgess, Heritage Advisor for Registration will explain the process of registration for the site and describe the fascinating history behind the cemetery. On the drive home we’ll also briefly stop to examine the recently renewed Rangiora War Memorial cenotaph.

This tour is suitable for all ages. It will include horses, homemade Anzac biscuits, and actors reading letters and diaries from men at war. Children are very welcome and can take part in a scavenger hunt activity across the different sites.


Date: Saturday 11 April 2015 Tour stops are not under cover, so bring appropriate wet weather gear.

  • The trip will be cancelled if there are insufficient bookings or if there is heavy rain or an extreme weather event on Saturday 11 April. If the event is cancelled payment will be refunded and you will be informed prior to 11 April, or we will attempt to hold the event the following Saturday 18 April 2015.

Travel and Duration: The trip is from 8.30am – 2.45pm.

We will travel by bus together (see itinerary for details)

If you live out of Christchurch and wish to meet us at Kaiapoi please let us know on the booking sheet provided. However, we must all travel together on the bus to the memorial sites. It will be a busy day but we will try to keep to our itinerary.

What to Bring: Lunch to eat at Birch Hill Station Cemetery, picnic rug, sunblock, hat, good walking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather. Homemade Anzac biscuits will be provided for morning tea, but you’ll need to bring your own drinks.

Cost per member: $24 covering all bus transport, visits to sites and Anzac biscuits for Heritage New Zealand members.

$30pp for non-members.

$15pp for children under 18

Booking deadline (with payment)
Thursday 2 April 2015:

Numbers strictly limited so be in early to secure your seat.

Buy your tickets on Eventfinder


Make cheques out to Heritage New Zealand

Post with payment to:

Heritage New Zealand WWI Memorials Field Trip

PO Box 4403

Christchurch 8140

Please RSVP with your name(s); daytime contact number, and email.


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