Libraries and Community Services have launched a new local history digital archive – manawatuheritage.pncc.govt.nz containing all of the wonderful collections previously available on Pātaka Ipurangi plus new content we couldn’t previously showcase, such as books, photo albums, post cards, audio and video recordings. It is going to be worth visiting the site again and again because new material will be coming on stream all the time.
Manawatū Heritage is also a living heritage tool which encourages active participation from the community by accepting digital uploads and written articles from the public. By creating a log-in, you can upload your own stories and photographs to the repository as well as comment on individual items, share your findings via email and social media, and download low or high resolution copies of out of copyright materials.
“Our digital heritage collection is open to anyone to add items of significance to them” says Palmerston North City Library Heritage Team Leader Lesley Courtney. The material doesn’t have to be decades old either to be relevant to the collection. “We’ll be encouraging people to add current material from their lives. Today’s content is tomorrow’s history. We’re looking forward to working with the community to develop the site over the next two years and add more features to enhance the experience of our visitors and contributors,” says Lesley Courtney.
Libraries and Community Services Manager Debbie Duncan says “Manawatū Heritage is not only a living site, it is a national first in that it has been built to provide quality access through mobile technology. This initiative will provide an opportunity for the community to actively engage with the Library’s heritage collections in ways that haven’t been possible before now”.