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Museums Aotearoa Conference - Outside Insights 2018

Museums Aotearoa Conference - Outside Insights 2018

Will we see you at the Museums Aotearoa conference this year? NZMS are proud to be sponsoring the MA18 conference, to be held in Christchurch on 20 - 23 May 2018. The conference is being held over several venues across the Christchurch cultural landscape including Canterbury Museum, Christchurch Art Gallery and the Air Force Museum. We love supporting Museums Aotearoa who deliver inspiring and insightful events that develop and bring innovation to the... read more »
A new life for survey maps

A new life for survey maps

A joint project between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Archives New Zealand, Land Information New Zealand, and Environment Canterbury is bringing the original survey plans of Canterbury to life on a new digital platform. During the European settlement of Canterbury in the 19th Century, land was surveyed for the legal purchase and sale of land parcels. The survey maps produced by the early surveyors documented a pre-European landscape... read more »
Digitising Historical Family Trees

Digitising Historical Family Trees

One of the projects we love doing is helping a family capture and preserve their history. Our Wellington team has recently digitised two historical family tree documents for one of our clients, John Christie. The first tree is titled - “William Laddes, of Barham, Hunts” dated June 1915 which includes John’s Grandmother, Phillis Mary and depicts his family history on one large paper document. The second tree... read more »
Pioneering Surveyor John Roddick

Pioneering Surveyor John Roddick

LINZ Surveyor Field Book of the Gisborne area from May 1913. We recently found a photograph in one of the 13,000 Surveyors Field Books we have been digitising. The book was dated May 1913 and has a title on the front cover “476A Gisborne John Roddick May 1913” which is unusual for these field books which are typically titled with only a number on the spine. Our team were captivated by the... read more »
The Power of a Collection Management System

The Power of a Collection Management System

If you work for a museum, gallery, archival institution, library or any industry that is responsible for managing and maintaining a special and significant collection of material, a Collection Management System (CMS) could be beneficial for you.  A comprehensive CMS will let you easily manage all the information about each item in your collection and the overall collection as a whole, ultimately providing you better in-house digital asset management.... read more »
Digitising Illustrations for Gecko Press

Digitising Illustrations for Gecko Press

Throughout the years the NZMS team have digitised many illustrations and artworks for children’s books, reference and New Zealand history books.  The most common material we digitise for children’s picture books are collections of watercolour artworks by talented and creative New Zealand Illustrators, Researchers and Authors. Recently we have been digitising a collection from the highly acclaimed Author and Illustrator Gavin Bishop who has created... read more »
Villa Maria College Celebrates 100 Years in February 2018

Villa Maria College Celebrates 100 Years in February 2018

The Sisters of Mercy purchased the property on which the Villa Maria College is now situated in 1917. The school was opened on 18 February 1918 with 14 pupils enrolled. Villa Maria began serving the district as a parish school when boys were admitted in 1921. When another Catholic school (St Teresa’s) opened later nearby, boys were transferred from Villa and from 1941 the school reverted to being a college for girls. A boarding... read more »
Digitising Past Exhibitions for City Gallery Wellington

Digitising Past Exhibitions for City Gallery Wellington

City Gallery Wellington has spent the past year reviewing their archives which contain ephemera and documents of the Gallery’s history. Our NZMS team in Wellington has digitised these documents which are now being uploaded to the City Gallery website. City Gallery has held many outstanding contemporary exhibitions throughout the decades which have helped push the cultural conversation within the Wellington arts community and for the national and international... read more »
Impressions from NDF Conference 2017

Impressions from NDF Conference 2017

21 and 22 November 2017, Te Papa, Wellington Since 2002 the National Digital Forum (NDF) Conference has benchmarked digital innovation in the Cultural Heritage space in Australasia. And this year’s 16th Annual Conference did not disappoint with an eclectic yet joined up collection of keynote speakers who comfortably interacted with our home grown and Australian talent. At NZMS we are dedicated to leading and growing digital interaction with culture and heritage and... read more »
Recollect Administrator Workshop November 2017

Recollect Administrator Workshop November 2017

Following the NDF Conference last month we hosted a Recollect Administrators Workshop on Thursday 23rd November. With such a large crowd this year of 21 Recollect administrators from 15 diverse organisations, we thoroughly enjoyed the lively discussions. We discussed the future direction for Recollect and all the wonderful ways in which organisations are encouraging their communities to discover, access and engage with their content and history. The NZMS Recollect team reflected on... read more »

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