The history of war, through art, is brought to life online through Archives New Zealand’s new search tool.
Archives New Zealand’s Acting Chief Executive Greg Goulding says the new search tool allows easier access to digitised images and detailed archival information about the National Collection of War Art including descriptions of the 1500 paintings, drawings and sketches.
“The War Art collection tells a visual story of life on the battlefields and in the trenches during World War One and World War Two,” he said.
The collection includes the work of some of our well known artists, such as Peter McIntyre, Alan Barns-Graham, Russell Clark, Austin Deans, George Edmund Butler and Nugent Welch who were official war artists as well as servicemen during those times.
“The collection is a great source of information for researchers and historians who are recording the history of New Zealand’s part in world conflict.”
Greg Goulding says this latest development compliments an online exhibition of the War Art collection that was launched in 2007. “People can now view these art works as well as their detailed archival descriptions,” he said.
The details and images of the War Art collection can be viewed through the new search tool on” http://www.searchpilot.archives.govt.nz/search;jsessionid=9B171B0E4DB7D5...
The first person to take part in the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 2010 Active a2b programme was Archives New Zealand’s Diana Coop, Manager Preservation Services.
On Friday 8 January Ms Coop (pictured above, front) biked to Archives New Zealand’s Wellington National Office in Thorndon, Wellington, from central Ngaio with biking buddy Claire Pascoe, Wellington Regional Council’s coordinator of the a2b programme.
The ride took only 13 minutes which Ms Coop attributes to the conditions: “easy, downhill and on a good day with no wind”.
Ms Coop got her bike at the beginning of 2009, but has only been riding seriously on the weekends.
“I’ve never ridden to work before, but now have the incentive to keep it up on sunny days,” she says. “The ride was pleasant with not too much traffic, which is good because I didn’t want to come down Ngaio Gorge.
“Now I would do it again – thanks to the support of my bike buddy Claire Pascoe, who gave me some handy tips, and the a2b programme.”
Archives New Zealand signed-up for the Active a2b programme, recognising the benefits of having active and healthy employees. The initiative provides tools and support to get fit and healthy at little cost.
Active a2b is a health and wellbeing programme run by Greater Wellington encouraging employees in Wellington workplaces to walk or cycle to work. The initiative, running to March 2010, aims to transform the trip to work into something valuable.
More information about Active a2b is available on the Greater Wellington Regional Council’s website at: www.gw.govt.nz
Most of the refurbishment work on the ground floor has now been completed, with a few bits and pieces to still be finished off over the next couple of weeks.
One of our most significant accomplishments through the refurbishment has been developing the Gateway, situated near the main entrance on the ground floor - which will now open on Monday 18 January 2009.
We have developed a new public register room, which now holds some of the Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) collections. We have upgraded the finding aids area which is located where the old Reading Room entrance was, refreshed the locker room and developed the space for our new readers lounge. We have also developed new public toilets!
We really do appreciate the patience and understanding so far, it has been a somewhat confusing and distracting time for those of you who have been regularly visiting - thank you.
Jolene Armadoros, Project Manager, Ph: 0-4-931 6982, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org