Identifying Glentunnel’s history
by Ann van Engelen
The Glentunnel Museum committee is seeking help to identify people in historic photographs they have in storage.
“We are digitalising our collection and trying to identify people we have records of,” says committee member Helen Leggatt.
“We have had no success with identifying a few photographs from our archives. There is one of a dapper young man in a garden setting and on the reverse of the photo it reads, ‘With love from Curt to Auntie Jeanie, Nov 1901’.”
Who is Curt? Who is Auntie Jeanie? Do you know?
“I am studying for a master’s in history and did my internship here last year. I stayed on voluntarily because of the great volunteer team and committee. It’s also to help a local community because we have no funding and it is important to keep the museum running.”
Glentunnel Museum is located opposite St Andrews in the Glen church on Philips Street and represents the old coal mining and brick making industries that are no longer in rural Canterbury.
“People don’t realise what a great collection we have. It is worth the visit, although we close on April 7 until daylight saving starts again, but our Facebook is always active.
“The volunteers do a fantastic job preserving local history, and we would love to be able to identify the people in the photos. The photos are on the Glentunnel Museum Facebook page, and we can be contacted through the page or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.”