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Explore Wellington’s heritage this week

Wellington Heritage Week has returned for a second year to showcase the history of the city with events, tours, exhibitions, and sneak peeks behind the scenes of some hidden treasures.

Wellington Heritage Week 2018, sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust and Wellington Community Trust, will feature more than 30 events, many of which are free or koha. But bookings are necessary for many, with a few events already booked out.

Council Heritage Manager Mark Lindsay says that heritage is not just about buildings and locations.

“It’s also about culture and people. Wellington is a city that celebrates its heritage and recognises how changes over time – good and bad – have helped shape the vibrant city we have today.

“Although some of the events are already fully booked, much of what’s available this Heritage Week is also available most days of the year, like visits to the Nairn Street Colonial Cottage, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and Truby King House gardens.”

The full Council collection of over 650,000 documents, artworks, images and ephemera can also be visited by making a booking at [email protected]

There’s also a historic Thorndon Open Day on Sunday, where the public can visit three historic residences in the neighbourhood, including the Council supported Randell Cottage and the Lilburn Residency, and the Rita Angus Residency.

Today’s offerings include Newtown on Film, a compiled programme of home movies, documentaries, television items and some of the earliest films made in New Zealand. The programme is drawn from the collections of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, and takes in the significance of Newtown Park as a place for official ceremonies, Springbok Tour protests at Athletic Park, and everyday occurrences such as rubbish collection in the 1930s. Tickets are $5.00+BF for the two sessions, screening from 2.00pm and 6.00pm at the Newtown Cultural Community Centre, corner Rintoul and Colombo Streets.

Free tours of St Gerard’s Monastery at 75 Hawker Street, Mount Victoria, are on all this week from 2.00pm, and every hour between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Saturday 27 October. Tours start at the door of the Church, with its beautiful stained glass windows, before proceeding to the Monastery which provides a glimpse into a unique lifestyle. No booking required.

At Parliament, there are a range of activities exploring the institution’s history. Daily 90-minute tours tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday focus on Parliament’s history and the stories of those who have walked these corridors over the 100 or so years, leaving from the Visitor Centre at 10.30am and 1.30pm. The tour is free but bookings are essential; contact [email protected] or call 04 817 9503There are a range of other activities on Friday. More details here.

And visit https://wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz/ to see the full list of events.