More damaged negatives

Photographs from the Ashburton Museum collection are among the most popular items for visitors. We get countless enquiries from people seeking images of family members, events or places around our district. With over six million images in our collection, we can usually find what people are looking for. Many of these images have featured in... Continue Reading →

In praise of June

Although we haven’t really experienced the bitterly cold conditions of recent winters, for many people June isn’t the most enjoyable month of the year. Cooler weather and shorter days mean there isn’t much to get excited about this month, but for many cultures June brings a great deal of activity. Members of our Muslim community... 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 →

Some time ago, two banana boxes of dirty and damaged glass plate negatives came into the collection of Ashburton Museum. These photo negatives came to us in absolutely terrible shape, having been covered in dirt and grime after being stored under the floorboards of a garden shed for possibly decades. These large format images (about... Continue Reading →

When you are dealing with as large an archive collection as I am, it makes sense to break projects into small(ish) sections. Having over 6 million images to deal with, for example, is a task so enormous that one person can’t realistically hope to process every item in their lifetime. Especially alongside all the other... Continue Reading →

Caring for Treasures

They say a picture can paint a thousand words and from my experience working with photographs, I know this is true. Visual images can provide so much information that the written word just can’t. Images can rekindle memories, and form a link with people or times gone by. Ashburton Museum houses all kinds of treasures,... 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 →

Celebrating fathers in history

By the time you read this Father’s Day will have come and gone for another year. Some many have celebrated it in style with gifts and a card, while others may have ignored it. As some may have guessed, the celebration of fathers and father figures began in America. However it is not, as many... Continue Reading →

I was working on a series of clipping files pertaining to local businesses. Amidst the modern articles about openings and closures, I came across an envelope with photocopied photographs of the Bank of Australasia – a building which still stands on the corner of East and Tancred Streets. I was especially interested a series of... Continue Reading →

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