On Wednesday was the premier of the video on the three year Recovery Centre:
We had a very lovely function at the Wigram Museum (Air Force Museum) here in Christchurch. The video is a bit longer than 8 minutes and shows what the Museum has done for us societies and museums which were homeless after the earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. 38 organisations found a home for three years for their collections. The items were assessed, cleaned, cataloged, restored, and packed. The Recovery Centre gave us all a break even when most of us worked so hard voluntarily to save our collections. We had access to workshops which will help us to look after our artifacts in the future. Many of our organisations have no new home yet, but each day we come a step closer to a new place.
The director of the museum, Therese Angelo, initiated the Recovery Centre and it is the first centre of its kind internationally. Maybe it is a model for the future when a disaster strikes of any kind to save cultural goods and help in that way to keep history alive and our knowledge of our ancestors.
After the presentation we had a discussion how we will proceed further and I think we are in the process of a new development. We want to stay in contact and hope to get further help to look properly after our collections and get trained in skills which many of us have never encountered before.
I personally was involved in two organisations. The NZ Antarctic Society had the collection there and the Lyttelton Historical Museum Society is still working on their collection and it will be stored there for the next few years until our museum is built – hopefully soon.