Digital exhibitions

Digital exhibitions

Visit Tūranga and other libraries to see regular exhibitions of heritage images from Canterbury Stories.

Let's go to the Show!

The first agricultural show in Canterbury was held by the Canterbury Pastoral Association in 1859. By 1918, the Friday of Show Week had become People’s Day at the Show and large numbers of town and country people visited. Some time between 1955 and 1958, the official holiday for the anniversary day of the province was moved from 16 December (the date of the arrival of the First Four Ships) to People’s Day (the second Friday in November).

The range of events included livestock parades and competitions, dog trials, woodchopping, machinery displays and carnival rides.

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Along Colombo Street

Did you know that Colombo Street is 6.2km long? It runs from Edgeware Road all the way to the bottom of the Port Hills and has bridges going over the Avon River/Ōtakaro, the railway line and the Heathcote River/Ōpāwaho. Until 1965 you could even drive straight through Cathedral Square to stay on Colombo Street all the way from end to end! Journey along Colombo Street in this exhibition that also travels around in time.

A & P shows

Previous exhibitions

Celebrating your stories

Highlights from our annual Photo Hunt which includes images that were Winning and Highly commended entries from Photo Hunt since 2008 through to 2021. Christchurch Photo Hunt 2022 is on from 1 October to 31 October. These images show the variety of stories that have been shared and contributed over this time.

Gateway to Antarctica

Christchurch has acted as a Gateway to Antarctica for many years.
Visit our page about Antarctica for more, and information on the Days of Ice event on until 9 October.

Antarctic resources

Here's to the Queen

Celebrating the life of Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) through her various visits to Christchurch. This is on the mobile screen outside Tautoru / TSB space and on the screens around the network.

Around the Square

Cathedral Square, the heart of the city, is one of the notable locations in Christchurch. Throughout its history it has been a place for citizens to gather in worship, celebration, or to pursue recreation. Move around Cathedral Square with a selection of images from our collection over time.

Celebrating your stories

Highlights from our annual Photo Hunt which includes images that were Winning and Highly commended entries from Photo Hunt since 2008 through to 2021. These images show the variety of stories that have been shared and contributed over this time.

Factories everywhere!

Did you know that Christchurch was full of factories once upon a time? Producing all sorts of things like carpet, cars, lollies, ice cream, paint brushes, golf balls, and shoes.

Highlights from the Samuel Anstey collection

Highlights from the Samuel Anstey collection of glass plate negatives. Anstey was an early Antigua Boat Sheds owner who took many photos creating a remarkable record of the early 1900s.

In 1960s living colour!

Explore Christchurch through 1960s vibrant colour.

Into the Station

Celebrating trains and the Christchurch Railway Station.

Learning to Teach!

The Teachers College in Christchurch originally operated from the Normal School at the corner of Montreal and Kilmore Streets from 1873. They eventually required their own site and the foundation stone was laid in 1924 on the corner of Montreal and Peterborough Streets and the Post Primary Department took over this building. By the 1960s these sites were becoming overcrowded and out dated. It was decided to relocate to Ilam and the new Teachers College opened 50 years ago on April 22 1970. This was initially just the Secondary Division with the Primary Division remaining in town until the late 1970s when the rest of the Ilam site was completed.

Life in 1970

Can you believe that 1970 is now half a century ago? Explore some of what was happening 50 years ago through our collection.

Rethink, Renew and Rebuild

The changing landscape of the city as it rebuilds after the Canterbury earthquake sequence.

Summertime Antics

Some highlights from our collection showing summertime activities around Canterbury.

The world was watching

Looking back at the 1981 Springbok Tour. Protests and controversy about South Africa, racism and sport had been around in varying degrees since 1921 but came to a head with the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour.

To be on Stage!

The desire to perform for others and be the center of attention is strong for some, while others prefer to stay in the audience.

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