The art of context

The art of context

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I recently visited a friend who was keen to show me a collection of newspaper clippings. The clippings were not particularly old, 2001. They were nicely framed up and covered the historical accounts of a bombing raid during World War 1. The papers were a special edition memorial about a particular …

Secrets and Treasures

Secrets and Treasures – book review

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I recently picked up the book “Secrets & Treasures” by Ray Waru. Published in 2012 it tells the stories of NZ through the objects held by Archives New Zealand. Archives New Zealand manages over 6,000,000 records dating from the beginning of British Government to present day. They are the official guardians …

This week - ākina te reo

This week – ākina te reo

Carleen Dekarski In the news

Another exciting Māori Language Week. The theme this year is ākina te reo (behind you all the way) which is about using te reo Māori in a way that supports and inspires others. Today I started my Advanced Beginners class at work with a great group and we also have waiata (singing) …

Matariki

Matariki – The legends surrounding Matariki.

Carleen Dekarski In the news

The pre-dawn rising of Puaka (Rigel) and Matariki (Pleiades) during the winter months of May/June signals the start of the new year for Maori. The cluster known as Matariki was an important time for Maori for calculating time and seasons, celebrating the full food storehouses from the harvest, determining future …

International Archives Day 2016

International Archives Day 2016

Carleen Dekarski In the news

International Archives Day 2016 국제 아카이브의 날 2016 Internationale Archiv Day 2016 Journée internationale des Archives 2016 Uluslararası Arşivler Günü 2016 Archives ngày Quốc tế 2016 Mednarodni Arhiv Day 2016 Archiwa międzynarodowe Day 2016 International Archives Day is celebrated every year on June 9 having been inaugurated by the International Council …

Listening to the past

Listening to the past

Carleen Dekarski In the news

This is a bit of an older article (2014) but it provides some fascinating insight into how archives “make” history. I especially like the statement that with archives you are given “direct access to the voices from past centuries”. Couple this with the point made about the “silence” in the …

Marsden Online archive

Marsden Online archive

Carleen Dekarski In the news

I stumbled across this online archive the other day and 2 hours of reading later thought I had to share this with you. Reverend Samuel Marsden was a key figure in the Church Missionary Society here in New Zealand. I am finding his journals incredibly interesting as a direct line …

Vellum printing to continue

Vellum printing to continue

Carleen Dekarski In the news

The UK government has decided to continue printing and storing its laws on vellum. What? Had no idea that this was still in action. Fascinating and I agree it is, at the very least, a tried and tested archival material. BBC news – Why is the UK still printing its …

Archiving at the top of the world

Archiving at the top of the world

Carleen Dekarski In the news

Keeper of the Mountains – If you get the opportunity to see this short film about Elizabeth Hawley and her expedition archives I would highly recommend it. A no nonsense lady living on the rooftop of the world keeping the mountaineers in check about their exploits perceived or achieved – …