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Katharine Watson

in Christchurch

A Womble’s View of Christchurch

PRESENTED ON MAY 04, 2015
IN CHRISTCHURCH @ VOL 23

Archeologist Katharine Watson explores the discoveries recently excavated in a construction site sitting behind the theatre she presents in. The wild tales she spins out of a few broken tabacco pipes reveals a richer, more nuanced story about her city, Christchuch, NZ. 

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The Restoration of Heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

BY ANDRE LOVATT
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.

 

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The Inside Story...

BY JENNY MAY
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

We can all see the outside of our heritage buildings but what is actually going on the inside remains hidden from view. Architecture historian Jenny May does a quick survey of the interiors of some of the projects she has worked on.

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Icy Heritage

BY LIZZIE MEEK
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

Lizzie Meek presents the Antarctic Heritage Trust which cares for a collection of simple, wooden expedition bases, filled with everyday objects. A life-changing experience for many of the people who visit them in Antarctica, they also strongly resonate with people who will never visit – because they are, despite the odds, still standing. Six minutes on the power of place, and the value of heritage in its original context.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 16, 2015.

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Unearthing Florida's Archaeology

BY SARAH NOHE
@ VOL 33 ON APR 26, 2016

Sarah Nohe of the Florida Public Archaeology Network brings the state's artifacts from the Ice Age to life.  While excavting burial grounds and fresh water springs, acheologists found bones, fabric, and tools which tell the story of how humans and animals coexisted. 

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The Architectural and Sculptural Heritage of Galashiels

BY RANALD BOYDELL
@ VOL 1 ON OCT 16, 2015

Ronald Boydell examines the architectural heritage and country setting of Galashiels after being inspired by the view from his office window.

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A Bone With an Unusual Story

BY CLARA WATSON
@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Clara Watson is an archaeologist at Underground Overground Archaeology. She completed her master's degree at the University of Otago, where she looked at the archaeology of the New Zealand Temperance Movement, before moving to Christchurch to work as an archaeologist. Her role at Underground Overground Archaeology is as an artifact specialist, where she catalogs and researches the many interesting artifacts found at archaeological sites in Christchurch. Clara enjoys examining the various weird and wonderful objects used by nineteenth-century New Zealanders and finds it fascinating learning more about Christchurch’s early residents. In her talk, Clara will be speaking about an animal bone that was found on a central Christchurch archaeological site. What at first seemed to be just another sheep bone turned out to be from a completely different species, one with an interesting history on its origins in New Zealand.

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London and Paris House: a Touch of Fancy in the Frontier City

BY JESSIE GARLAND
@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

Jessie Garland is an archaeologist and artefact analyst, specialising in the material culture of nineteenth century New Zealand. Originally from North Canterbury, she spend six years working with and sharing the vast quantity of archaeology discovered in Christchurch after the earthquakes. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is pursuing a PhD in archaeology, exploring the ways in which the availability and use of goods in historic Christchurch contributed to the development and identity of the modern city. Jessie is fascinated by the relationship people have with things and the ways that we use them to construct our own worlds, as individuals and as a society. In this PechaKucha, she explores aspects of that relationship in early Christchurch through the hidden archaeology of the fancy goods stores and other shops that once stood to the north of Cathedral Square.

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Finding Emily Phillips

BY CHRISTINE WHYBREW
@ VOL 39 ON APR 27, 2019

The 1893 Women's Suffrage petition provides rare access to the previously silent stories of ordinary women’s lives in 19th century New Zealand. By researching one signature, Christine Whybrew will unravel a story of extreme hardship and extraordinary wealth that takes us on a tour of Canterbury's historic places. Christine ’s early career was spent working with historic photograph collections in museums and art galleries. Since 2009 she has worked for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga where she is now Area Manager for the Canterbury/West Coast region. Christine’s focus is on discovering and sharing the stories of historic places and archaeology.