At the Ashburton Museum we are always eyes-deep in interesting photographs.
Many of these photographs are interesting because they are odd, rare, or unique.
Most of our photographs are interesting because they are so familiar yet different to what we see around town.
Ashburton has grown and developed into the town and district we know today, and we are always fascinated to see the things that have changed, and the things that have stayed mostly the same.
Baring Square East and West represent parts of Ashburton that have changed a lot, while staying fundamentally the same.
Amongst the more than six million images that the Ashburton Museum team care for, we have a pretty decent set of photographs of the two squares that show their transformation through the decades.
The focus is on the photos with this week’s blog, so please enjoy this selection of photos of Baring Square East and West, as well as their surrounds.
By Connor Lysaght
This post was modified for publication on this blog and originally appeared in the Ashburton Guardian, 10th of March 2020.