Stories from the street
Runs from 17 August – 11 September | 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday | Level one
Cuba Street has a richness which not only assaults your nostrils, it manages to hit you right at the back of the throat – as if having soaked up a full variety of human juices over the years it is eager to give something back.
– Bill Manhire, The New Land, 1990
Back in 1860, when Wellington’s population was around 4,000, Cuba Street was then ‘only half its present length, and was very rough and badly lighted, with a footpath raised 3 feet above the roadway.’ (Evening Post, 1922)
Then residences gave way to businesses, and Cuba Street became a destination. The street today has been transformed. It seems old, but is new, its identity constructed from elements of its colourful past.
Throughout its history Cuba Street has never stayed the same, and in this exhibition we have avoided defining its elusive and changing character. Instead, these are impressionistic views. What does Cuba Street mean to you?
Cuba Character is the result of a joint project between Victoria University students of Museum and Heritage Studies and the National Library. We endeavoured to explore the familiar and the unknown as well – of exhibitions. In facing challenges and learning new skills, we have come to value the experience of developing an exhibition from start to finish. We hope you will share the same enthusiasm for this project.
The exhibition team was:
- Helena Botes
- Natasha Fernandez
- Rosie Goldsmith
- Amy Hackett
- Tracey Kearns
- Natalie Liverant
- Jordan McOnie
- Lizzie Murray
- Rebecca Nuttall
- Pip Steel
- Melissa Wells