While researching for one of our past exhibitions, Ashburton: Feels Like Home, the team at Ashburton Museum got to know a lot of areas of our district a little better, through some very quirky stories, objects and archival records. Not everything we found made it into the exhibition, but we did end up with a... Continue Reading →

Models that Feel Like Home

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 →

Whale Tales

  Recently a friend of mine posted an image on Facebook that made me extremely envious. It was a rather long distance shot of a spray of water which he stated was from a whale, or possibly whales. He said that he had originally thought it was the sail of yacht but on a second... Continue Reading →

Kia ora koutou katoa. This story explores the history of one of the most significant landmarks to have ever been in our district, the ancient matai, Hine Paaka, who stood proud in the Ashburton District for many, many years - a taonga for our region. Also known as Hinepaaka, this famous tree was named after the wife of... 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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