A Popular Wee Building

Today we have a guest post from Kate Jordan, a historian currently working at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.  She wrote about this building while completing her post-graduate studies in Museum and Heritage Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington.  In downtown New Plymouth is a rather small, unassuming building. Its demolition has been raised…

Sorry, I am Not a Bus Stop

As part of the recent much-talked-about changes to the bus system in Wellington, one of the buildings left with an existential crisis is the diminutive Miramar Tram/Bus Stop, in the central island of the Miramar shopping centre on Park Road. I researched the history of this building a number of years ago, when it still…

A Women’s Space

For International Women’s Day, I’m sharing some of the research I completed about this building, the Barrett Street Nurses’ Home in New Plymouth.  It tells the story of a space planned, paid for and inhabited by women.  It is also a useful lesson for heritage professionals like me about  how the smallest and humblest details…

Revising history, for worse, and better

The apology to gay men who were convicted of historic crimes in the era prior to the Homosexual Law Reform Act of 1986 was made this week by MP Amy Adams, as she introduced to parliament a bill to wipe clean the criminal histories of those men so unfairly stigmatised by New Zealand’s anti-gay legislation….

Voices from the Margins of Society

Today we are republishing an article by historian and Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant, about her experiences of dealing with restrictions placed on archival material by government departments, since the 1990s. I was particularly struck by her argument that the placing of restrictions on archival case and personal files, for what may seem like good reasons at the…