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Heritage workshop: All Our Stories

Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu are developing a draft Heritage Strategy and are asking for community input to ensure it is as effective and meaningful as possible.

Their workshop All Our Stories: How do stories and memories connect people and places, past and present? will be held on Saturday 16 June, 10am – 2.30pm (a light lunch will be provided), at Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive.

Guest speakers will include UC Associate Professor and Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre | Kā Waimaero, Te Maire Tau, Architectural Historian Jenny May, Canterbury Museum Collections Technician, Hatesa Seumanutafa and Sina Mulitalo, a representative from the Samoan community.

All are welcome to attend and to discuss the values, visions, ideas and opportunities required to better celebrate, protect and promote our heritage through stories.

For information on the previous workshop, Tangible and Intangible Heritage, click here.

For any questions, or to RSVP email heritage@ccc.govt.nz, or phone (03) 941 8047 by Tuesday 12 June.

Please advise any dietary requirements with your RSVP.

Heritage buildings future use

Here’s your chance to have a say if you have an interest in using one of 17 Christchurch City Council-owned heritage buildings whose future use is yet to be determined.

The Council is inviting applications from individuals, groups and organisations interested in using and/or helping to fund the restoration of these Council-owned heritage facilities across the city and Banks Peninsula.

Most of these buildings are yet to be repaired following the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes. The Council is open to suggestions that will respect and retain these buildings’ heritage values and help to see them restored and reused swiftly and successfully.

They include four buildings in the central city:

  • Old Municipal Chambers (Our City O-Tautahi)
  • Thomas Edmonds Band Rotunda
  • Thomas Edmonds Pavilion (currently being repaired)
  • Robert McDougall Art Gallery

There are also 13 community buildings across the City and Banks Peninsula:

  • Former Lyttelton Borough Council Stables
  • Kukupa Hostel
  • Little River Coronation Library
  • Yew Cottage
  • Belfast School Master’s House
  • Kapuatohe Cottage
  • Mona Vale Bath House
  • Chokebore Lodge
  • Sextons House, Barbadoes Cemetery
  • Bangor Street No.3 Pump House
  • Coronation Hall
  • Second World War Bunkers/Cracroft Cavern
  • Sign of the Takahe

The closing dates for applications for the community buildings is 29 March 2018. The closing date for expressions of interest for the four central city buildings is 3 April 2018.

For more information, or to register your interest, visit www.ccc.govt.nz/heritagebuildings

Ex Libris Exhibition starts 19 May

An exhibition of bookplates and provenance from the collection of the Macmillan Brown Library.

Mary-Barrett002Ex Libris includes a wide array of fascinating material of exquisite artistry ranging from a 1531 edition of Magna Carta to a 1923 association copy of ‘New Hampshire’ by American poet, Robert Frost, all of which have a connection with Canterbury institutions and personalities.

‘Ex Libris’ (trans: from the books) showcases a visually stunning sample of provenance found among the collections of UC’s Macmillan Brown Library. Inscriptions, labels, stamps, association books, marginalia, bookplates and personal items bring to life the journey of a book.

Special Collections librarian and curator Damian Cairns explains, “these possessive marks can show the love of as well as the possession of books, the owner’s social position and personality, insight into the socio-political landscape of a period and artistic movements, such as Canterbury’s The Group.”

The graphic quality of this mark-making enriches books beyond their original intent. They open a point of connection to a person or period and provide us with an understanding of the social-life of the object.

Exhibition runs from 19 May – 5 July 2017
UC Matariki Gallery opposite Puaka-James Hight

Have you ever wanted your very own bookplate? A bookplate design competition open to students and staff will coincide with the exhibition. Visit the exhibition or any campus library for entry details.

Curator: Damian Cairns, Assistant Curator: Rebecca Taekema

For further information please contact:
Damian Cairns, Kaitaki Taonga Motuhake | Special Collection Librarian
Tel. +64 3 364 2987 ext. 93916
E. damian.cairns@canterbury.ac.nz