Have you ever wondered about the type of information that the Council Archive holds? Are you curious about some of the prominent buildings in the Hutt? Have you ever wanted to see behind the scenes at the Council archives?
Well, now’s the perfect opportunity to answer satisfy your curiosity. Come along to one of the Council Archive’s free Wellington Heritage Week events to learn more about the material they hold, how you can access it, and see some key pieces of Lower Hutt’s history.
Wellington Heritage Week is an annual heritage festival for the Wellington region; Wellington City, Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt, Porirua, and Kapiti Coast. In its fourth year, the programme features 46 events, including historic building open days, walking tours, archival film screenings, public talks, and augmented reality experiences. Ten of these events are in Lower Hutt and four are in Upper Hutt.
Lower Hutt Deputy Mayor, Tui Lewis, says these events are a great opportunity to discover what influenced the direction of our city and the people in those times …
“I’m excited that these tours and events are coming to the Hutt, offering stories of our unique local past and providing and insight into the people, fashion, structures and landscape from over 100 years ago.”
“We still walk in and use these areas today, so it’s good to see that Council investment into the Archive allows our people to come and learn about their past.”
The festival is organised by Wellington Heritage Week Trust, an independent charity. The Trust applies for funding from sponsors, which for this year are Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Museums Wellington, Department of Conservation, and Heritage New Zealand.
Do you live or work in the Hutt? On 29 October from 12-1pm, you can come along to hear about a few of the prominent buildings in Lower Hutt. Bookings are required for the talk and can be made here.
On 1 November the Council Archives are hosting an open day from 10am-3pm. Drop in to talk to staff about the archives, what they have and how they can support your own research – there will also be two tours running, giving you a behind the scenes peek at some interesting pieces of Lower Hutt’s history that are cared for. Bookings are essential for the tours and can be made here.
You can see more events that are on as part of the festival, including others hosted by Hutt City Council.