As winter comes to a close, let’s take a look back in time to the mid-to-late 1800s and see how our predecessors handled the colder months.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic brought the town and district to a quiet halt in late March 2020, the team at Ashburton Museum were hard at work with a mixture of hands-on and digital projects.
History is full of small coincidences and connections, which is something the Ashburton Museum team encounters nearly every day.
While conducting some research for a member of the public, Senior Curator Maryann Cowan discovered the exciting legacy of yet another interesting Ashburtonian – that of Mr. James Russell Richardson.
One exhibition we put on in 2019 at Ashburton Museum proved to be close to the heart of many locals. It was titled ‘Ashburton: Feels Like Home’ and included all kinds of quirky and iconic items and images that are a reminder of why this place is special to so many people. Among the exhibition... Continue Reading →
Sometimes the name of the place that you live just seems to pop up on a page or screen, as if bigger than all the text surrounding it. It’s a phenomenon well known to New Zealanders who can probably spot a Z on a page more readily than folks from most parts of the world.... Continue Reading →
Charles Hopetoun Tindall was a well-known photographer working from a studio in East Street, Ashburton. His work has been featured many times in these blog posts, including many many portraits of Ashburton locals. This week, brought to you by the letter B, the images on this page show that it was not only people that... 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 →
One of the more difficult radios to install in our exhibition, Sounds Like Us, was the atom radio. I guess that is appropriate, dealing as it does with the achievement of New Zealander, Ernest Rutherford, who as everyone knows, split the atom. While people who know something about science may have recognised the radio was... Continue Reading →
When people think of summer, a multitude of images and memories may spring to mind, such as holidays in the country, barbecues, playing sports on the beach, and so forth. Whatever the tone of summer memories, there’s one New Zealand icon that may or may not have crossed your mind – caravans. Sounds Like Us,... Continue Reading →