Quake exhibition reopens

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents will be able to view Canterbury Museum’s Quake City exhibition for free this weekend.

The newly relocated exhibition in Christchurch tells stories from the Canterbury earthquakes and reopens at 299 Durham Street North (corner Armagh Street) this week. On September 16 and 17 entry will be free.

Quake City charts the aftermaths of the September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011 earthquakes, and the extraordinary response of the emergency services, international rescue teams, the thousands of volunteers who pitched in to help — construction workers, the Student Volunteer Army, the Farmy Army, and the resilience of Canterbury’s communities.

The exhibition includes some of the objects which have defined the Canterbury earthquakes including the spire of Christchurch Cathedral and the railway station clocks which stopped at 12.51 pm on February 22.

The rebuild section of the exhibition brings the visitor up-to-date with progress in regenerating the city and the recovery projects underway.

The exhibition, when originally located in Cashel Mall, opened in February 2013. When it closed there in June this year it had welcomed 193,000 visitors.

In the year ending 30 June 2017, 21% of visitors were from New Zealand and 79% were from overseas.

More than 1,500 school students visited in the year, two thirds from New Zealand.