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Give Your History a Home: Support Nelson Provincial Museum's ARC Facility!

$2,051 of $115,000 goal
Given by 31 generous donors in around 3 months

Your history is at risk. Nelson Provincial Museum needs to build the ARC facility before it's too late. Help give your history a safe home.

Nelson / Tasman

When a storm threatens, our team use sandbags and plastic sheets to safeguard your heritage.

Our Isel Park research and collection storage facility in Stoke is on its last legs. The asbestos-filled roof leaks and the building is earthquake and flood prone, putting thousands of locally, nationally and globally-significant treasures at risk, including an extraordinary UNESCO-inscribed photography collection. Each precious item tells stories of people who helped make Nelson Tasman the place you love.

Our stories deserve better. That's why we have a plan to future-proof your history. Introducing the Archives, Research and Collection (ARC) Facility - a fit-for-purpose building designed to weather any storm. To be built in Church street, the ARC will safeguard your heritage, improve your access to the collection and add to the life of Nelson's CBD.

Half of our funding has been committed by the Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and we have received a grant from Lotteries and funds from the Betts Trust, the McKee Trust and others. For the $7 million still needed we are applying for other grant funding, including the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's significant project fund.

Our Givealittle goal of $115,000 represents a dollar for every person living in the Nelson Tasman region.

We would greatly appreciate your support, whether a dollar, or an amount you feel you can afford - every contribution helps us towards our goal to survive the next storm in the Church Street ARC.

About us

Nelson Provincial Museum Pupuri Taonga o Te Tai Ao is governed by Tasman Bays Heritage Trust. The Trust was established in 2000 to administer the Museum as a regional heritage facility on behalf of the Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.

Use of funds

All donations will go towards building the Archives, Research and Collections (ARC) Facility in Church Street, central Nelson.

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Our Mission to Protect Nelson's Heritage  22 July 2024

Kia ora

I'm Lucinda Blackley-Jimson, Chief Executive of Nelson Provincial Museum. I'm reaching out to you today with an urgent plea for your support.

Our museum, the oldest in New Zealand, houses over 200,000 precious taonga valued at more than $20 million. These irreplaceable items tell the story of our region and our people. But right now, they're at significant risk.

"We've got to get out of here," I've said about our current collection facility. It's not an exaggeration - we are genuinely close to losing our collection if we don't act soon. Our aging facility is flood-prone, leaking, and vulnerable to earthquake damage. It's no longer fit for purpose, putting our taonga and our dedicated team at risk.

That's why we're embarking on an ambitious project to build a new Archives, Research & Collection (ARC) facility. This state-of-the-art building will not only protect our collection but also make it more accessible to researchers, students, and the public. It will be a place where our community can connect with its past and where our taonga can inspire future generations.

We need your help to make this vision a reality. Your donation, no matter the size, will make a significant difference.

Together, we can build a facility that will house our collection and preserve it for generations to come.

Please, join us in this vital mission.

Ngā mihi nui

Lucinda Blackley-Jimson

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Latest donations

Julie 3 days ago
So important to keep our ancestors history safe, so it can be accessed by future generations!
Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

We totally agree Julie! Thank you so much for getting behind this incredibly important project

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust
Zoe 4 days ago
Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

Thank you so much for your support Zoe.

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust
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Guest Donor 4 days ago
Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

Thank you so much for your support.

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust
Michael 4 days ago
Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

Thank you Michael for your support and very generous donation.

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust
Christina 5 days ago
Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

Thank you for your support Christina, we really appreciate it.

Tasman Bays Heritage Trust

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This campaign started on 11 Apr 2024 and ends on 11 Oct 2024.