Canterbury Museum


Collecting Themes

Canterbury Museum's Collecting Themes represent the seven key areas in which the Museum aims to build its collections on behalf of the people of Canterbury.

They are broad-based narrative approaches with the ultimate objectives of quality, relevance, usefulness and appeal to our communities of interest.

The Collecting Themes group ideas and stories together in certain ways, but the interpretations and experiences that can be woven from our collections are limited only by the imaginations of the people who work and interact with them.

  • Antarctica

    People in the Antarctic, the equipment they used, and the information and stories they left behind.

  • Peoples of Waitaha/Canterbury - Past, Present and Future

    People of all cultures who have made Waitaha/Canterbury their home since the time of the first contact between Maori and Europeans.

  • Iwi Tawhito: Aotearoa before European contact

    The lives of Maori throughout New Zealand prior to their first contact with European influences, as understood through surviving material evidence and traditional knowledge.

  • Design in New Zealand

    Objects made in New Zealand, or based on New Zealand materials or motifs, that reflect a uniquely New Zealand approach to design.

  • Our Land and Animals

    The geological and biological history of Aotearoa/New Zealand, with a particular focus on Canterbury and, where appropriate, the South Island.

  • Windows on the World

    Artistic and scientific narratives reflecting the diverse peoples, cultures, animals and natural resources of the wider world. Particular emphasis is given to the countries of origin of the peoples who make Canterbury their home today.

  • Collectors' Collections

    Significant and often eclectic collections that form the core of many of our other collecting areas, but also illustrate the nature and development of the activity of collecting itself.

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