How do you move 20,000 heritage newspapers from Whanganui to Wellington? And no, the answer isn’t one paper at a time. Planning and a dedicated team are key.
(21 Apr 2021) Wairere House in Whanganui has housed National Library collections for more than 20 years…Although the building has served the National Library for over two decades, it was never purpose-built to preserve and protect our nation’s heritage collections so, it was time to move!
Since April 2019, a team of dedicated Alexander Turnbull Curators, Collection Care staff and Library Assistants have been working to prepare and move the Turnbull Library newspaper collections from Wairere House in Whanganui to the National Library in Wellington.
Moving the newspaper collections was a huge task with over 20,000 items needing to be listed, catalogued, and packaged in specialised boxes and then moved. It will come as no surprise that a whole planning team was needed to ensure the whole process went as smoothly as possible.
Find out the story behind the move from the National Library of New Zealand here.