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Welcome to the website of Lyttelton Museum.

 Male figurehead being rescused from quake-damaged Lyttelton Museum. c.  Lyttelton Museum collection.

Male figurehead being rescused from quake-damaged Lyttelton Museum. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Welcome to Lyttelton Museum's website.

Since 1968, Lyttelton Museum has been a home for some of the history of the Lyttelton Harbour area.

We are currently closed because our building was demolished after the Canterbury earthquakes. However, our extensive collection was rescued during a series of daring emergency recovery operations by the Lyttelton Volunteer Fire Brigade and staff from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand (AFMNZ) and our collection is safely stored away.

We are working towards a new museum building for Lyttelton and we want your support and your involvement. See Building News to keep up to date. Alternatively,  like us on Facebook, become a member, and keep an eye out for our pop-up exhibitions around Lyttelton.

 

Today we are sad to announce that Thérèse Angelo, Director of the Air Force Museum and a member of the Lyttelton Museum management committee, has passed away. She had been unwell for some time but always showed remarkable courage and determination over those months.

 Thérèse helping to rescue the Lyttelton Museum collection  Photographer: Matthew O’Sullivan, Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Thérèse helping to rescue the Lyttelton Museum collection

Photographer: Matthew O’Sullivan, Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Thérèse was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the museum and heritage sector. We have been so fortunate to have had her knowledge and support for a new museum for Lyttelton.

 Our thoughts go out to her husband Rob, her family and friends, and to our colleagues at the Air Force Museum.

 
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Dear members and supporters of the Lyttelton Museum

It is with deep sadness we report that on Wednesday 8 August Baden Norris, our founder, passed away. We send our sympathies to his family and close friends.

It was through Baden’s vision and determination that we have a museum in Lyttelton. Back in 1965, realising that the heritage stories of Lyttelton and the wider harbour communities needed a home, he set to work. Baden has been widely acknowledged for his deep knowledge of our connections with Antarctica. He has been tireless in developing and nurturing the Museum, and he was very supportive of the plans for a purpose-built museum in the heart of the community. The Museum Society has been blessed by the years of Baden’s wise counsel. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Baden’s life was held at LAF in Lyttelton on Saturday 18 August. A large number of family, friends and colleagues gathered to hear moving tributes to this much loved and much admired Lyttelton man.

A special touch was a number of huskies also attended, acknowledging Baden’s special links with Antarctica

 

 

Building News

WE’VE GOT A NEW HOME!

 33 and 35 London St, the site of the new museum building.

33 and 35 London St, the site of the new museum building.

Or at least the land on which to build one … the Christchurch City Council today voted to gift us the land at 33/35 London St, next to Lyttelton Library.

“This is a great day for Lyttelton Museum,” says Peter Rough, Chair of our Development Committee. “We very much want to be an active hub for the Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō communities and now our plans for a new building can move forward.” 

It’s a big project. “We currently have $600,000. Owning the land will make it easier for us to start raising money. We estimate that we will need to raise about another $5M for the construction and fit-out of the new museum.”

We will soon be able to share the concept design of the new building with you! Then it will be all on to raise the money to get our new museum built! We hope to open the doors sometime in 2020.

 

 

London Street, 1912. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Oxford Street, c. 1980. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

Godley Quay Rowing Club, 1924. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.