It's that time once again! At the Ashburton Museum we often come across some strange things from day to day, including odd and interesting stories from the archives.
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 →
Friday November 30, 1984 at the Hotel Ashburton turned out to be an eventful moment in New Zealand’s music history. The band Netherworld Dancing Toys was here for a live gig. Taking a break shortly after set up and sound check, band member Nick Sampson was working on a new song. What he would... Continue Reading →
This week we’ll be celebrating Waitangi Day with a public holiday. It’s a holiday special to New Zealand and a chance to reflect on what it means to come from our beautiful country of Aotearoa. Many people will have heard and know basic greetings in Maori. Being able to introduce yourself in te reo is... Continue Reading →
One of our best ever projects was working on the Halma photograph collection – a vast collection of over 760 portraits of Ashburton locals found under a shed – we were captivated by the details of the people seen in the images. It was as if past Ashburton residents had come to life, seeing their... Continue Reading →
One of the brightest radio models that was shown in our Sounds Like Us exhibition was ‘Grandmas knitting basket’, designed by Courtney Foon. It featured an assortment of wools and accessories that spoke about the ‘awkward’ jumpers that most people have been given as gifts. Often scratchy, sometimes in the weirdest of colours or designs,... 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 →
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 →