Support for Canterbury museums after earthquake 

To our museum colleagues in Canterbury

Our thoughts go out to all our colleagues in Canterbury at this difficult time and we hope you, your families and friends are warm and safe. Since the earthquake hit Canterbury on Saturday morning, Judith Taylor, our South Island Museum Development Officer, has been in touch with many museums in the affected area to touch base and see what support we can provide. If you can, please let us know how you and your museums are faring after the earthquake.

Please remember that if you have any concerns about your museum or gallery and its collections, or if there is advice you need on how to proceed, call our freephone helpline 0508 678 743.  

Some helpful resources and contacts

Helping Hands Grant
This grant is for small volunteer-run museums and galleries and can be used to purchase conservation supplies and packaging material (including archive boxes, bubble wrap, acid-free paper, sheets of plastic etc) to help protect collections.

He Rauemi Resource Guides
6: ‘Minimising disaster’
7: ‘Emergency procedures’

Contact us
Freephone helpline 0508 678 743
Judith Taylor, Museum Development Officer – South Island, 029 601 0410

Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team
For local advice in the Canterbury region, including salvage assistance for museums please contact the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team:
Lynn Campbell (03) 941- 7380,

New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials
The NZCCM is keen to help the Christchurch members if they can. There is some practical advice on their website and contact details: or email