Museums do many things – and amongst the things they do, collecting is central. Yet it’s not just museums that collect. Many people do. Estimates range from 30-70 percent of us being collectors, yet it’s possible that collecting is an almost universal passion. What makes a collection? While some may think a collection needs to... Continue Reading →

"In the shadows of the night, a veiled woman lurked in the garden, staring at the house watching waiting. It all started with a mysterious telephone call that plunged Harriet Lacey into a suffocating atmosphere of terror. With no one to help her, she was forced to turn to Flynn, the brilliant but bitter writer,... Continue Reading →

In late 2015, I graduated from the University of Otago with aspirations of working in the museum sector. After discovering that employment was not easy to come by in my chosen profession, it was time to be realistic with myself. I had been very successful at University and I had this wealth of theoretical knowledge,... Continue Reading →

Gunpowder ripples

Finding items or subjects to write about for this blog isn’t always easy. As far as the objects go, I tend to write about things I like, or items that I know something about. Sometimes however I am drawn to feature an object not for its story but for what it means to me. Memory... Continue Reading →

A smile from the past

Do you have a back room, or even a bottom drawer where you place things and say you will get back to them one day and have a sort out? When you do, doesn’t it usually bring forth all sorts of exciting and sometimes long forgotten treasures? At Ashburton Museum we don’t have a bottom... Continue Reading →

We shall not sleep though poppies grow

From red poppies seen flowering on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli during the spring of 1915, to their use today, the red poppy is a poignant reminder of wartime loss. The red poppy is a symbol of remembrance that reminds us of service and sacrifice during war. Yet while the poppy is recognised... Continue Reading →

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