Making sure objects are well looked after is something that the team at Ashburton Museum takes pride in, especially as the rich history of the district means that we have many thousands of objects that we look after and preserve. When visitors come in and ask to do family research you never quite know what... Continue Reading →

Working in the role of Museum Assistant at Ashburton Museum last summer was an extremely valuable and rewarding experience. Having returned for my third stint of museum work, it had once again been an absolute pleasure working alongside my talented museum family in presenting, preserving, and displaying the social history and cultural heritage of Ashburton.... Continue Reading →

Walking in with no expectations is how I go into a lot of situations and starting my new summer job in late 2018 as a Museum Assistant at the Ashburton Museum was no different. With no previous experience of the behind-the-scenes of a museum, I had no idea of the amount of work, what type... Continue Reading →

Relaxing picnics and scrummy barbecues exude that special Kiwi summer feeling – no span of warm, sunny days is complete without a barbecue, or a picnic at least. Over the past couple of centuries outdoor eating has become a novel activity for many people, reserved for recreation or special occasions, alone or with company. As... Continue Reading →

Tales of Kiwi Grub

As with every culture, the world of Kiwi food has had its mainstays, and it’s also had some strange fads along the way. The culinary landscape of Ashburton today reflects how we eat a wider range of food now than ever before. You can obtain and eat virtually anything you’d want to eat here (within... Continue Reading →

One of the brightest radio models that was shown in our Sounds Like Us exhibition was ‘Grandmas knitting basket’, designed by Courtney Foon. It featured an assortment of wools and accessories that spoke about the ‘awkward’ jumpers that most people have been given as gifts. Often scratchy, sometimes in the weirdest of colours or designs,... Continue Reading →

Sounds Like Us, our last year's summer exhibition at Ashburton Museum, seemed to leave visitors with a sense of nostalgia and wonderment, thanks to incredibly detailed model ‘radios’ by Weta Workshop. One such radio icon, designed by New Zealanders, Emma Clarkson and Wuqiong Shi, was the ultra-detailed beehive radio. Since the introduction of New Zealand’s... Continue Reading →

Our exhibit Boots, Bullet and Balls from last year was extremely popular. It tied together two important aspects of New Zealand’s history and identity – the First World War and rugby. Neither originated here, but both have made a massive impact on our country. A common theme or belief is that New Zealand’s nationhood, its sense of... Continue Reading →

World War One began mid-way through 1914 and was meant to be over by Christmas. When it wasn’t, Princess Mary, daughter of King George V, was worried that the men fighting under her father's command would feel left out at Christmas. The Princess created a Christmas Fund, and with the help of thousands of ordinary... Continue Reading →

The King’s Cup connection

Last year, visitors to our Balls, Bullets and Boots exhibition had a rare chance to see a very important part of international rugby history. The museum was honoured to have been able to borrow The Kings Cup, recognised as the first international rugby trophy, and precursor to the famous Rugby World Cup. The large silver... Continue Reading →

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