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 →

  It’s no secret that some advertisements try and make the subject seem as great as possible, at least within reason, since that’s the whole point of advertising. Of course you want your product to seem like the best of its kind, the only logical option, and the best bang for your buck. However, when... Continue Reading →

The team at Ashburton Museum are always on the lookout for new ways to tell heritage stories, or quirky ways to share the identity of this district. One way we really like to do this is to crowd source our exhibition content. We get to discover the clever things that local people do or make,... Continue Reading →

  Each ANZAC, we remember those who served or lost lives through military service. Yet for many people during wartime, remembering soldiers was also very much a part of daily life. Portraiture was an important reminder of loved ones stationed far from home, so an essential task prior to departure for service was to have... Continue Reading →

  One of our popular exhibitions from last year was Make, Do and Mend. It promoted the idea of recycling and reusing items in clever ways. Today these principles are part of a philosophy of reducing waste to save the planet. In the past, however, people made, mended or reused items because it made economic... Continue Reading →

  Last year we featured the exhibition Make, Do and Mend, which included all sorts of creative ways that people have recycled and re-used unexpected materials. While planning and installing the exhibition, at the same time we were looking ahead to new activities and programmes for the school holidays. One such activity began on Tuesday,... Continue Reading →

  We live in a highly globalised and connected world. Worldwide shipping and communication networks have intensified and become less costly over time too, meaning that it is now normal for us to do something like purchase an item that was produced in another country while out shopping. Evidence of international and intercultural sharing of... 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 →

  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 →

Last year we opened The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts. With the exhibition off to a great start and having proved popular with visitors, we turned our attention to looking for Japanese connections in the Ashburton Museum collection. A great story that we discovered was through items belonging to the Breeze... Continue Reading →

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