A project to audit and digitise the First World War collections at the Waimate Historical Society, and encourage members of the public to share personal stories and artefacts.
The Waimate Historical Society WWI Collection is varied and rich with objects, images and documents that tell stories of Waimate's contribution to the First World War. The project will allow the Waimate Historical Society and a wider public audience to have a better understanding of the First World War collections at the Waimate Museum and Archives and within the Waimate community. The digitisation of this material will enable us to share the collection to an online audience and provide a digital preservation record.
Online images will be showcased on the NZMuseums website (http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3188) and the "All that Remains' website (http://www.allthatremains.net.nz/). Where possible we will also contribute to the South Canterbury Roll Project - SCROLL (https://museum.timaru.govt.nz/explore/scroll) and the NZ Cenotaph online database (http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/locations.aspx?).
Through this project we will encourage members of the public to share their First World War collections and stories with us. This can be done by the donation of artefacts, or by the digitisation of artefacts whereby the items remain with the owner and permission is granted to the Historical Society to use the digitised material for research and display purposes (onsite and online). If you have information and artefacts about Waimate's contribution to the First World War please contact the Sue Hanham at the Waimate Archives: firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 689-7842.