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How low wool prices in New Zealand affected Chinese historyRead MoreOctober 7, 2022

In the first years of the 20th Century, breaking-in of New Zealand's bush to use for farming was an onerous and, sometimes, unsuccessful task.

This week's blogRead MoreOctober 1, 2022

This week there will be a very short blog.

The World of Wearable ArtRead MoreOctober 1, 2022

This weekend we have been at World of Wearable Art in Wellington.

A concertRead MoreSeptember 25, 2022

Last weekend there was a variety show in Reefton.

Sorting out the libraryRead MoreSeptember 25, 2022

Our library is slowly taking shape and as we catalogue and move things around there are some lovely surprises.

Dr Maureen LanderRead MoreSeptember 24, 2022

The weaver and artist, Dr Maureen Lander, has been recognised with an Arts Foundation Laureate.

William KleinRead MoreSeptember 24, 2022

William Klein, the photographer, left a legacy to fashion.

The story of a cloakRead MoreSeptember 24, 2022

Old objects have fascinating stories to tell.

Empress Dowager CixiRead MoreSeptember 16, 2022

Empress Dowager Cixi of China was once seen as a ruthless despot who oversaw the decline of the country into corruption and revolution.

Warm Heritage Read MoreSeptember 16, 2022


Quilts and coverlets are a New Zealand tradition.