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 →

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 →

The Billy Thomas Archive

Ashburton is known for its many beautiful houses - most in a Cape Cod style, designed from 1923 by local architect William ‘Billy’ Thomas (Born Wakanui 1891, died Ashburton 1967), who was later joined in practice by his business partner Garner Hannaford (Hank) Ward. The Billy Thomas Archive is held at Ashburton Museum - it forms a unique... Continue Reading →

Researching Your House

Have you ever wondered who has lived in your house? When it was built or altered? Who was the builder, architect or owner? Or what the house or garden looked like in the past? Who else has called your house their home? Often it’s our neighbours who know most about our home. They remember the... Continue Reading →

What is heritage? And why does it matter?

  World Heritage Day is celebrated each year in April. Also known as International Monuments and Sites Day, 18 April is a special day to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. At the Ashburton Museum, we think about heritage all the time. Our staff and volunteers are fortunate to work around historic objects... Continue Reading →

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