Heritage Week 2015: Sentimental journeys

BECA Heritage Week should more correctly be called "Heritage Fortnight" since this year it runs from 9 to 26 October - with an impressive range of events on offer (more than you could fit in a mere 7 days, even). The big event on Saturday 18 October is a Central City Family Fun Day.

All sorts of fun activities took place at various "hubs" dotted about the inner city including face-painting, Highland Games, bouncy castle, ki-o-rahi (the traditional Māori ball game), music and performances.

Double decker bus

As well as the entertainments there will be opportunities for people to investigate their own heritage with genealogists and whakapapa offering advice. And best of all, a free double-decker bus will be available to travel between hubs.

Library events

The library had a range of activities to celebrate our local heritage:

Explore your family connections Sunday 18 October - Victoria Square

Visit us at the Mobile Library Van to discover more about your family history. Staff will show you how to access resources where you can find key information such as births, deaths and marriages as well as migration and military information, or build on what you already know.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - Storytime on the Double Decker Sunday 18 October

Join Zac and Tania for stories, rhymes and songs all about transport as we ride on the double decker bus. Stories are best suited to children aged 3 to 7 years, caregiver required. Departs from Victoria Square, Armagh Street bus stop at 11 am and 12 noon. Bookings essential! Please phone 941 6649 or email libraryevents@ccc.govt.nz

Spirited cemetery tours with Richard Greenaway 10-25 October (various locations)

Join Richard Greenaway, local historian and genealogist, on one of his colourful tours of local cemeteries. Richard will share information on the graves of people – important, interesting or about whom there is a positive,sad or quirky story. Useful for local historians, genealogists and those whose children need an original subject for a school project. Handout material will be supplied for a gold coin. Walking shoes recommended. Tours are one to three hours.

This year the theme is "Arrivals and departures – the journeys that have shaped us” and events over the course of the "week" include Akaroa's French Fest, tours, seminars and talks, and heaps and heaps of other stuff. Check out the brochure of Heritage Week events for the full roster of heritage-goodies.

Christchurch Photo Hunt

takes place in October. As well as helping to boost important historical records, entrants are in line for some great prizes - an eReader or a tablet.

So dig out your photos of any and all modes of transport, people heading off on, or arriving home from trips big and small, images that document our travels, homecomings, and journeys of all kinds.

Entries can be made online, or by dropping into your local library.

Previous years’ photo hunt entries can be found on Kete Christchurch.

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