Postcards, ’Christchurch Sure to Rise’, 2011, Lovell-Smith, Rebecca, Screen Concepts, New Zealand. Gift of Liz Grant, 2011. Te Papa

Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre at the Air Force Museum 

Thursday 21 February 2013,  6.30pm–7.30pm
Te Papa
Friends of Te Papa $10.00, Guests $15.00 (Includes free parking)

The Air Force Museum has been working with heritage and cultural organisations since February 2011. It has assisted with the salvage and interim storage of significant local collections that were damaged and/or displaced by the Canterbury earthquakes.

Thérèse Angelo, Director of the Air Force Museum, will describe the Museum’s experience through the disaster. You’ll learn about the recovery and salvage of cultural collections and the way in which the Museum was able to help the community. Future plans for the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre will be another interesting topic.

Staff from the Museum have assisted organisations ranging from the Lyttelton and Canterbury Museums to Ngāi Tahu, the Centre for Contemporary Art, The Press, and the Hebrew Community. Collections from 13 such organisations are now temporarily housed in the Air Force Museum’s own stores or in containers on site.

The Museum sustained little damage itself and was able to remain open to the public on all but a handful of days. This meant it was in a unique position not just to help cultural organisations but also to support community groups, such as the SPCA and government agencies, including the Department of Courts and Inland Revenue.

The Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre is a collaborative project supported by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust, The Lottery Grants Board, Museums Aotearoa, and other philanthropic and corporate organisations.

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