The LyttelMus Lowdown

February 2019

Our Digitisation Project


Back in November, Amy Ryan began working as our digitisation technician to work with our large photographic collection.  Employing Amy has been made possible by a generous grant from the Lotteries Commission.  Each object needs to be checked, cleaned, and pre-packaged with a number prior to digitisation.  Then, following digitisation, Amy will provide a full catalogue entry of each object.  Amy is working out of the Canterbury Museum with the firm NZ Micrographic Services Ltd, who are digitising the collection.  So far Amy has fully catalogued 2,245 objects and has accessioned and rehoused 2,451 objects.  This project is expected to take a year to complete and then we will have an extraordinarily rich resource of images to share with the world.

January 2019

Our Heritage Week exhibition When Death Jumped Ship has now returned safely home and we were thrilled that other City Libraries shared it with their communities. In the end, it travelled to Papanui Library, Te Hāpua (Halswell) and South Library. It was such a big event and we hope the exhibition sparked memories of family stories.

8 December 2018

In honour of New Zealand’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Lyttelton Museum presents The Women of Lyttelton Goal exhibition. Visit our current exhibition page to find out more. 

The sound scape portion of the exhibition will continue throughout the summer. It will play half hourly on the Gaol site - that’s the rose garden beside the Charles Upham Memorial Clock above Oxford Street.

17 October 2018

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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 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.

Image: Thérèse helping to rescue the Lyttelton Museum collection

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

When Death Jumped Ship

12 October 2018

Heritage Week has started. Call into Lyttelton Library to learn all sorts about the 1918 Flu Pandemic – 100 years ago it was a community in crisis. And don’t forget we have two terrific talks next week: 6.30-7.30pm at the Library. On Tuesday: Anna Rogers will share what the military medics were able to do; on Wednesday: Dr Geoffrey Rice asks ‘Could it happen again?’

The exhibition will continue until 28 October 2018.

September 2018

Ka Awatea, the time of awakening, opens Tuesday 25 September featuring a fantastic line-up of contemporary artists responding to items from the Lyttelton Museum collection. The artwork proposals have unearthed some interesting collection items – everything from cigarette tins, moa bones, jewellery boxes and ship figureheads.

Watch the installation evolve on the London street Lyttelton Museum site between now and then…….

Ka Awatea Invite

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10 August 2018

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