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UNESCO Honours for Magnificent Seven Heritage Collections

Seven significant heritage collections of New Zealand documents have been inscribed onto the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register.

The Memory of the World New Zealand Trust has announced the inscription of the John A Lee Papers, and J. T. Diamond West Auckland History Collection (Auckland Libraries), New Zealand Official Photographs, World War 1914-1918 (Alexander Turnbull Library), Kaleidoscope – a weekly television arts documentary programme 1976-1989 (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision), the Ng New Zealand Chinese Heritage Collection (Presbyterian Research Centre), Salmond Anderson Architects Records (University of Otago’s Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena) and the Tyree Studio Collection (Nelson Provincial Museum and Alexander Turnbull Library).

Watch our YouTube video with great images from all the collections.

Read the full story here. Click on the "register" tab above and scroll down to see the new inscriptions.

The Memory of the World New Zealand register now lists 27 inscriptions of significant documentary heritage.  Their custodians include heritage institutions in our main cities, small towns and private collections. All greatly contribute to the story of our nation’s history and heritage and are significant to the identity of New Zealanders today.

Advantages of inscription on the New Zealand/Aotearoa MOW register include:

  • Ensuring that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • Highlighting the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections
  • Recognition by an independent organisation (UNESCO)
  • Public recognition of the importance of documentary heritage
  • Publicity and promotion for your institution
  • To be part of an international network of the most important documentary heritage in the world
  • Increased possibility of attracting resources (to care for, preserve and promote the collection)
  • Raised awareness of the work done by custodians of documentary heritage

The criteria for inscription and the process for submission (including a nomination form) can be found under the “Nomination” tab above.  If you are uncertain whether your documentary heritage meets the criteria or have any questions please email "enquiries@unescomow.org.nz" and a member of the Committee will contact you.