Canterbury 100 is a collaboration co-ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.
On Sunday 12 October 2014, a free public event will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, where members of the Canterbury community will be invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from each of the supporting institutions will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations.
The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the “Canterbury Stories” exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War
As part of the “Canterbury 100” collaborative project, a special exhibition titled “Canterbury Stories: Remembering the First World War” will open at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on 12 September 2014.
“Canterbury Stories” will provide a Canterbury-focused insight into the First World War through the personal stories of those who experienced it – not only the soldiers and nurses on the front line but also the men, women and children who remained at home. Several well-known local celebrities have contributed their own family war stories to the exhibition, and these will be joined over time by many more personal accounts contributed by the people of Canterbury. It is intended that this exhibition will be refreshed and added to throughout the course of the First World War Centenary and will be adapted to a more localised format for touring around communities throughout the region.
“Canterbury Stories” aims to connect Cantabrians with their First World War heritage by allowing them to share their family’s wartime experiences through stories, photographs and objects. At the conclusion of the Centenary commemorations, these stories will be archived to serve as a permanent memorial.
Do you have a story to contribute to the Canterbury 100 project?
We are looking for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War to present in a regional exhibition and digital archive.