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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.

Lyttelton Redux

Lyttelton Redux poster.

Lyttelton Redux poster.

Artist, Julia Holden, has transformed Lyttelton residents into works of art that celebrate and reimagine their own rich history as part of Lyttelton Redux. Lyttelton Redux is a series of portraits, installed around Lyttelton, that recreate notable historical and everyday figures from Lyttelton’s past. The exhibition runs until March 2017. 

 

Pick up your artmap from 50 Works Gallery or the Lyttelton Harbour Information Centre and then an amble around town to discover the portrait works hung in Lyttelton’s businesses. You can also download the Digital Tour which enhances the physical exhibition by tagging audio excerpts to the images on a map. 

The series includes portraits of Ernest Shackelton, John Robert Godley, New Zealand’s first woman MP, Elizabeth McCombs, and Diamond Harbour artist, Margaret Stoddart.

Holden initiated the portrait project to help Lyttelton Museum maintain its presence in the community as it lost its building in the Canterbury earthquakes. 

The photographic interpretations of the painted portraits will be displayed in various Lyttelton businesses from its opening on 8 November and can be seen throughout the summer period, ending in March 2017. At the opening event the portrait works will be revealed. But there will be a second stage, which will feature an audio component, further enriching and enlivening the project.

All works are for sale. 50 Works Gallery will offer limited edition prints with proceeds going directly to Lyttelton Museum.

 

 

London Street, 1912. c. Lyttelton Museum collection.

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

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