No job too tough

While conducting some research for a member of the public, Senior Curator Maryann Cowan discovered the exciting legacy of yet another interesting Ashburtonian – that of Mr. James Russell Richardson.

Twin squares through time

At the Ashburton Museum we are always eyes-deep in interesting photographs. Amongst the more than six million images that the Ashburton Museum team care for, we have a pretty decent set of photographs of the two squares that show their transformation through the decades.

Expect the unexpected

When managing a collection of photographs six million strong, you soon learn to expect the unexpected. In the time that I have worked with the collections at Ashburton Museum, I have come across a number of unique and interesting images which hold some novelty or significance beyond historical.

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 →

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