International Archives Day

Saturday, June 9, 2018

International Archives Day

To celebrate International Archives Day, we have asked Line in our Collections team to talk about her role here at the Museum:

My name is Line, and I am working as a Collections Project Assistant at New Zealand Maritime Museum. My job is to work with the archives at the museum’s collection storage in Avondale. At the moment I’m handling thousands of old Auckland Harbour Board Plans, (which were donated to the museum in 2013). When working with the archives, I’m using most of my time on registration - typing data around the plans into the online system and checking things such as what’s shown on the plans, the year the plans were drawn, and the condition the plans are in. I’m also re-boxing the plans, making sure that they’re all well preserved for the future.

For me, the best thing about working with archives, besides the knowledge I gain around the many buildings and wharves in Auckland, is that I’m making a lot of data accessible, so it is possible and easier to research in the past. It is very satisfying to know, and important I believe, that historic knowledge is not just disappearing and being forgotten, but that in hundred years it will still be possible to know how Auckland has developed, and how the waterfront and the many wharves looked many years ago.