The saving of Old St Paul's
The Public History Talks are hosted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage History Group at the National Library of New Zealand. They are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from March to November.
- Date: Wednesday, 7 November, 2018
12:10pm to 1:00pm
Free. You don't need to book.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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Old St Paul's church — the heritage battle
Opened in 1866, a century later St Paul’s Church in Thorndon, Wellington was facing a future of demolition, dismemberment or relocation from its site.
Elizabeth Cox will discuss the heritage battle during the 1950s–1960s to decide the future of the church. She will discuss some of the personalities and organisations that entered the fray.
What is heritage?
The talk will also consider the developing and differing concepts of what 'heritage' is in New Zealand. Concepts which were put to the test during the sometimes bitter fight to save the church, one of the first and most important heritage battles in New Zealand conservation history.
About the speaker
Elizabeth Cox is a Wellington heritage consultant and a senior historian at Manatū Taonga the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
She has researched and written about the social history of many of Wellington’s most important heritage buildings. For a number of years, she has undertaken a project to explore the social history of Wellington city through the lens of just one building, Old St Paul's. This project can be found on the Old St Paul's website.
Her book about the saving of the church, A Friend Indeed: The Saving of Old St Paul's', was launched by the Prime Minister earlier this year.
Elizabeth blogs about Wellington heritage issues on the Bay Heritage Consultants heritage blog.