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Turning the page — Seeing the light

Date: Thursday 19 September 2019, 12:10pm to 1pm
Cost: Free. You don't need to book.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
Part of the Connecting to collections series

On Women's Suffrage Day hear Anna Whitehead talk about why the Women's Suffrage Petition scroll is moved on regularly to show new signatures. Stef Lash uncovers some insights into the newly-revealed signatories on display.

Celebrating Women's Suffrage Day 2019

We are holding a special 'Connecting to Collections' presentation in September to mark Women’s Suffrage Day 2019.

The He Tohu exhibition displays several constitutional documents from Archives New Zealand’s holdings, including the Women’s Suffrage Petition — but unlike the others, the Petition scroll is moved on regularly to show new signatures. Anna Whitehead explains the preservation reasons why this is the case, and Stef Lash uncovers some insights into the newly-revealed signatories on display.

Conservation Clinic

Following Anna and Stef's talk there will be an opportunity to get preservation advice on the care, handling and storage of your treasured family items from Field Conservator Vicki-Anne Heikell. Please note that conservators are not able to provide valuations.

About the speakers

Anna works at Archives New Zealand as a conservator, her specialisms are book and paper conservation. Her role is to preserve the Nation’s documentary heritage material and her most exciting role to date in New Zealand is as Archives NZ’s lead conservator for the He Tohu exhibition.

Stefanie Lash, Principal Advisor Strategy and Planning at Archives NZ, was the Lead Curator of He Tohu, and has a special interest in the social history behind the enfranchisement of New Zealand women.

Vicki-Anne Heikell is a Field Conservator at that National Library. Vicki-Anne works on paper (fine art, manuscripts and archives, ephemera); working with Maori community groups, iwi, hapu, whanau, developing strategies for care of paper-based collections; workshops on collections care for Maori organisations, iwi, hapu and whanau.

Conservator turning the Women's Suffrage Petition scroll
Conservators moving the Women's Suffrage Petition.