Mount Somers Letters

Among the staff at Ashburton Museum are many volunteers who undertake various roles. Some act as receptionists, welcoming and assisting visitors with our popular programs, activities and research enquiries. Others help care for collections. A few transcribe records to provide access to fragile or interesting items that it would otherwise become damaged by use. Transcribing... 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 →

  Our last summer exhibition, Dig In Mahi Mara, managed to spark much interest early on. It seems everyone has, or has had, a garden or an opportunity to experience the pleasure at growing plants, see them bloom and produce something enjoyable either to eat or view. The practice of cultivation is something embedded in our... 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 →

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 →

Just a little over 200 years ago, on Christmas Day, 1814, Reverend Samuel Marsden conducted what is widely regarded the first formal Christmas sermon in New Zealand’s history. His was not the first Christian service to take place in New Zealand on Christmas Day. Both the voyages of Abel Tasman in 1642 and James Cook... Continue Reading →

Museum Discoveries in Croatia

I believe that one should take any opportunity that comes your way, so when I was invited to go to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a brief, but full on holiday, I took advantage of it.  The area I travelled through is very old and history is everywhere. Once there, I noticed that while... Continue Reading →

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