Last week I visited a special place at the Airforce Museum – it is called the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre. The name is quite a mouthful, but to put it simply this is a place for local museums and other organisations to store and repair their collections.
Moya Sherriff is an intern at the CCCRC. She has been doing some excellent blog posts summarising the work and progress of the Centre:
In November 2011, the Air Force Museum started construction on a new building development, to create an extension for the exhibition, restoration and conservation spaces of the large object collections.
The role of the CCCRC is to provide a free space for those cultural organisations within Canterbury who have either lost their premises due to the earthquakes or are in need of temporary collection storage while their buildings are going through the EQC repair process. Each group has been given a designated storage area within the Recovery Centre and a shared workspace where organisations can re-group, assess the consequences and needs of collections and begin the processes of documentation, cataloguing and boxing, while having access to conservation treatments.
The work being done is important. The collections are being catalogued, reorganised, and repaired. Networks are being forged, workers are gaining new skills and knowledge, and this project is a model of cooperation and collaboration.
Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre timeline
- Quake-hit Cultural Collections receive Boost Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, 9 March 2012
- New Air Force Museum extension and the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre opens Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, 19 February 2013
- Diary of the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre intern – month 1
- Diary of the Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre intern – month 2