Diary of the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre intern – month 12

By Moya Sherriff, Intern, Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre

A year ago today, I had just left Air Force Museum headquarters absolutely ecstatic – I got the job! Looking back on my first few weeks at the Recovery Centre, I look around the building and think wow, the Canterbury earthquakes filled this place up pretty quick. Eleven and a half months on, this building feels a little like Hogwarts’s Room of Requirement. It appeared to those in great need, it holds an endless amount of items (with some rearranging) and walking through the aisles it has that magical feel of wonder.

Recovery Centre Main Floor August 2013

Recovery Centre Main Floor August 2013

Recovery Centre Main Floor June 2014

Recovery Centre Main Floor June 2014

On the tour front, we recently had Canterbury’s Emerging Museum Professionals group take a walk through the Recovery Centre as well as the rest of the Air Force Museum. This was a wonderful chance to meet, network, exchange ideas and stories and chat with other like-minded museum folk. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Emerging Museum Professionals please email emp@museumsaotearoa.org.nz.

Emerging Museum Professionals having a catch up after a tour of the Recovery Centre

Emerging Museum Professionals having a catch up after a tour of the Recovery Centre

In other news, the Rehua Marae Archives moved in last week, as well as some of the original glass windows from the Nurses Chapel and some further material from the RSA. Groups such as Canterbury Rugby Football Union Historical Trust and St John continue to catalogue and box their collections, with assistance from me and advice from Air Force Museum staff members. Kaiapoi Museum, along with Pearson and Associates, have started preparing collection items intended for exhibition in their new building. On an exciting note, Lyttelton Museum’s Collection Technician will began work next week – I will have an office buddy!

 

'Maggie' keeping the seat warm in our office until Lyttelton Museum’s Collections Technician arrives

‘Maggie’ keeping the seat warm in our office until Lyttelton Museum’s Collections Technician arrives

Recently the rest of the Lyttelton Museum folk have been working on a set of exhibition panels that will be placed in the Tin Palace. A couple of group members have been popping in on Saturdays to furiously hunt for images from the collection that could be used in this project. My mission recently has been to find a leg iron, ferry ticket and a ship’s chronometer in Lyttelton’s collection shelves – slightly random but I am always up for a challenge.

This will be my last blog as intern, but please stay tuned for further intermittent stories from the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre, where with my new title ‘Administrator’ I will be reporting on significant events within this magical ‘Room of Requirement’.

Moya Sherriff – CCCRC Intern

 

Images: All images courtesy of Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre.

Other posts by Moya:
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 1
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 2

Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 3
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 4
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 5
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 6
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 7
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 8
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 9
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 10
Diary of the CCCRC intern – month 11

 

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