A new exhibition uses items from the Macmillan Brown Library’s extensive collection to explore the changing face of Christchurch’s built landscape.
Called ‘The Shape of A City; the fall and rise of Christchurch’s architecture’ it uses architectural drawings, photographs and archival material to explore the history of significant rebuild or restoration sites around the city, including Strange & Co, The Commons, the old Chemistry building in the Arts Centre and Knox Church.
‘The Shape of A City’ will open on Friday 16 October at a special evening event where local architects, historians, heritage lovers, building owners and archaeologists will give quick-fire presentations on Christchurch’s lost, restored, and future buildings.
Curator of the exhibition is University Library Archivist Erin Kimber. She says the UC Library holds one of the most significant architectural archives in the country.
“The drawings have been accessed heavily since the earthquakes as people research the plans and construction of damaged buildings. In some instances the drawings represent the only surviving visual representation of a building. They provide a lasting memorial to our lost heritage, but also an opportunity to learn about our built, social and engineering history.”
Internship experience reaps rewards
Assisting Erin with the exhibition and the opening event are College of Arts interns Sarah Lawerence and Courtney Inch.
Both students are enthusiastic about how the internship programme has added to their skillset.
“Not only have I learnt about Christchurch’s architectural heritage,” says Sarah.
“But I’ve developed key workplace skills such as working collaboratively and organisation of people and resources”.
Courtney agrees. “It’s been great to work and learn in an environment outside of a lecture setting and as part of a team.”
She advises future interns to “be open minded, things may not always go to plan and situations might come up that will test your ability to think outside the box”.
Click here to book your (free) tickets to the exhibition launch on Friday 16th October.
‘The Shape of A City’ will run from 16 October – 20 November. You can find it at the bottom floor of the Matariki building.