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.

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At Alert Level 2 the research room will be only by appointment only Wednesday to Friday. Six 25 minute slots are available each day, starting at 1pm; 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, and 4pm. Two consecutive slots can be booked at a time for up to two people from a single ‘bubble’. Visitors are asked to finish promptly on time to allow for room cleaning before the next visitor.

Please note that if you do not need to physically visit the research room, we can offer a 20 minute online consultation instead (weekdays only), also starting at the times noted above.

To book, please email the Museum or call 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.