The South Canterbury Museum has a wealth of resources and materials for historical and genealogical research available in the Research Reading Room and online.

The Museum's collection's are catalogued on a collections management database and includes archives, local history publications, photographs, newspapers, maps, plans and much more. Museum staff and volunteers are gradually making records for these holdings available through Collections online.

All these materials can be accessed in the Museums' research library during normal Research Room hours (Note: Original archival material is only available on Sundays by prior arrangement with curatorial staff). Research can also be undertaken on your behalf if you cannot visit the Museum itself. Please see our fees and charges if you wish to take advantage of this service.

Please feel free to contact us with your inquiry, or to ask for more information about the services offered.

COVID-19 Please wear a face coveringResearch Services under the Covid-19 Protection framework

While at the Orange setting under the Covid protection framework, the Museum's research room is only accessible by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Six 25 minute slots are available each day, starting on the hour and half-hour from 1pm to 2.30pm, and from 3.30pm to 4pm. We can also take appointments on Sunday afternoons from 2pm. Two consecutive 25 minute slots can be booked at a time.

Please note:

  • Bookings limited to two people in a group at a time
  • If you do not need to physically visit the research room, we would encourage you to email your enquiry or contact us to book a 20 minute online consultation instead (weekdays only)
  • On Sundays material in the research room will be available as normal, but original archival material (or any other material requiring retrieval from storage) is only available by arrangement in advance.
  • Visitors are asked to finish promptly on time to allow for room cleaning before the next visitor.

Send your enquiry or contact us to book a time by emailing the Museum or calling us on 03 6877212 to book. We will reply confirming your appointment

When booking, please supply your name, contact phone number, and detail the nature of your query.