Sharing a Passion for History: The Quake City Experience
Wednesday 02 December 2015
Murray S, Sharing a Passion for History: The Quake City Experience. Paper presented at the New Zealand Historical Association Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 2 – 4 December 2015.
Quake City, Re:Start Mall, Christchurch
On 15 February 2013, Canterbury Museum opened Quake City a purpose built exhibition “aimed at informing, engaging and educating New Zealanders and international tourists about the Canterbury earthquakes”. This talk took us behind the scenes of one of Canterbury Museum’s most successful exhibitions, exploring the development, delivery and reception of Quake City.
In a situation of ‘curating under pressure’, how did the Museum’s curatorial team balance their obligations to collect and preserve elements of these events while still living in a broken city, working with a collection (and a heritage building) which required remediation and, for some, coping with the personal implications of the loss of homes, family, friends and livelihoods?