It is nearly time for the Reconnect festival, a programme full of experiencing Christchurch heritage. This Sunday 20 October Christchurch City Libraries joins with local historian Dr Geoff Rice to provide a historical tour of Market Square, now Victoria Square.
If you enjoy listening to local history talks then this walk and talk may just suit you. The tour will focus on some of the buildings, activities and individuals associated with the square from over the last 160 years.
A colleague has been honing his research skills and has located some fascinating tidbits from old newspapers. One article was about lighting the Queen Victoria statue in 1948. I can’t say too much, but the article made fellow librarians let out a collective gasp when it was read aloud. My lips are sealed but this is one gem worth coming to hear.
Let’s hope for a sunny spring Sunday morning this weekend for the 11am tour. Contingency plans have been put in place and the tour will go ahead even if the weather is not playing its part. Get in the mood for this event by browsing Victoria Square photographs from our collection.