Culture Waitaki Blog

The collaborative blog of Culture Waitaki, featuring thoughts and ideas from the Forrester Gallery, Waitaki Museum and Archive, Waitaki District Libraries.

  • Top Ten: Witch Fiction

    From historical hysteria to supernatural sorcery this list has it all. Dive into the magical world of witches or find out about the hysteria that followed women in history and the damage an accusation could cause. Check out our list of witches in fiction today!

     

  • What Staff are Reading

    History, hoodlums and more! Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month.

     

  • Riveting Read: Crown of Feathers

    Simmering with suspense and twists and turns aplenty

    Perfect for fans of Laini Taylor and Sarah J Maas

    Her current read is ‘Crown of Feathers’ by Nicki Pau Preto

    This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble

  • Padlock and key from the Oamaru Gaol, WMA 79/313

    Work is underway at Waitaki Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Don't Panic - book cover

    Our latest books speak of radical changes to office life and offer answers that directly address the uncertain economic evironment in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic:

  • Top Ten: New Releases

    Victorian, voting, vegetables and more in this month's new releases! Check out what's new at the Oamaru Library today or place a reserve through our online catalogue! There is something for everyone, DVD's, fiction, non fiction, children and young adults!

     

  • Top Ten: NZ Fiction

    The afterlife, accidents, AI and more! Show some pride for our country and check out our list of Top Ten New Zealand Fiction. New Zealand fiction encompasses New Zealand authors and fiction set in New Zealand.

     

  • What Staff are Reading

    Doctors, decoration, desolation and more! Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month.

     

  • Crewel Embroidery of a ship at sea surrounded by flags and flowers. WMA 98/398

    Work is underway at Waitaki Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Riveting Read: The Nameless Queen

    An empowering narrative chock full of suprises

    Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Victoria Aveyard

    Her current read is ‘The Nameless Queen’ by Rebecca McLauglin

    This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble

  • Top Ten: New Releases

    Animals, assassins and more! We are now open again so it's time to come on back in and check out some of our new releases this month! There is something for everyone, DVD's, fiction, non fiction, children and young adults!

     

  • Silver visiting card case WMA93/119

    Work is underway at Waitaki Museum on refitting the permanent exhibition area. The Museum has over 30,000 items in its care. Each item has its own story.

  • Top Ten: Social Issues

    Take a break from your usual reads and dip your toe into social issues. Check out our top ten list on social issues in fiction. Social issues include reflections on mental health, racism, body size and more.

     

  • Coming Soon: Fiction

    New titles to hit the fiction world flying including popular authors next installments. You don't want to miss out on these! Place a reserve today and be next in line when these hit our shelves

     

  • Vigilance Committee Minutes. Collection of Waitaki Archive 28110

    The recent pandemic lockdown has been a challenging event for all of us. At Waitaki Archive we have used this time to explore a digital transcription tool called Transkribus with our dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Image: Forrester Gallery logo

    The Forrester Gallery has a lot to be excited about.

  • Image: George O’Brien (1821 – 1888), Oamaru from Pukeuri Hill, 1872, watercolour on paper, FG1985.11.1

    O’Brien was born in Ireland to an aristocratic but not wealthy family and appears to have trained as an architectural draughtsman before emigrating first to Australia and later to Dunedin in 1863.

  • Michele Beaufoy during Covid-19 Lockdown 2020

    Michele Beaufoy is a local Oamaru artist practitioner and teacher at Ara Polytechnic in Timaru. A significant part of her practice is ceramic work (produced out of the studio at Pottery-On-Tyne). Michele has been exploring the notion of harmony through balancing polarities (opposites).

  • What Staff Are Reading

    Ever wondered what the staff at the Oamaru Library is reading? Well here's your chance! Check out our list below for all the goodies the staff are reading this month

  • ICOM logo for International Museum Day

    May 18 is International Museum Day. This year the theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion.

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