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.


COVID LEVEL 2 Changes - Research Room open by appointment ONLY

While we're at COVID Alert Level 2 we will be offering access to the research room through bookable 25 minute slots. You can book up to two consecutive 24 minute slots per day. Due to the limited space this is also limited to a maximum of two people at a time from the same 'bubble'. You will be asked to conform to all the normal instructions for visitors in the museum (hand sanitising, contact tracing, etc). Report to reception on your arrival for the appointment.

To book an appointment in our Research Room, either email us or call on 03 6877212


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