LUCINDA BLACKLEY-JIMSON

CEO, NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM | TASMAN BAYS HERITAGE TRUST

Lucinda brings twenty years museum experience to the role, including ten leading the Interpretation team at Te Papa, and four as Manager Multimedia & Interpretation at Auckland Museum. During her two years at MOTAT as Exhibition Manager, her team won the Service IQ Museums Aotearoa Award for Most Innovative Use of Te Reo Māori for the exhibition Welcome to the Machine Nau Mai Ki Te Mīhini. She has numerous qualifications in both staff and project management, in addition to the Strategic Leadership in Museums certificate from Victoria University School of Business & National Services Te Paerangi. Her academic background is in cultural anthropology.

She is passionate about creating meaningful experiences for museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds, innovative community engagement, breaking down barriers to participation, and the role of the museum as an active agent for change.

Originally from Wellington, Lucinda is married to museum consultant and writer Kerry Jimson. She has four step-children and six dogs, and lives in the beautiful Redwood Valley.


DARRYL GALLAGHER

MANAGER, PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

Darryl looks after our vast collection of photographs and negatives dating back as far as the mid 19th Century. "This involves many things but can be broken down in to two main areas: physical and intellectual care of the photographic collection. This is to both preserve and facilitate access to this exceptional historic resource"

Darryl describes how as a young boy growing up in the Wellington region his favourite place to spend his time was the old Dominion Museum. "I especially loved the mock Egyptian tomb and the large ocean display."

Darry's University studies led him to a postgraduate course at Victoria University, Museum & Heritage Studies. He explains how while he was doing that he was “fortunate to land a part-time job at Te Papa entering collections on to their database. This soon turned into a full time job and I ended up working there for nearly five years in a variety of areas and roles." From there Darryl moved to Rotorua where he dedicated nine and a half years to the Rotorua Museum.

About 18 months ago, Darryl came to Nelson to care for our photographic collection. He describes his favourite piece of the collection "If I had to pick one it would probably be the daguerreotype of a man named Robert Scott. I love getting it out to show people during back of house tours and seeing them in awe of it’s almost holographic effect."

And his claim to fame?? "I once got second place in a break dancing competition. To be fair I was only nine!"


MEREDITH RIMMER

MUSEUM REGISTRAR

Meredith works as the Registrar at the Museum. "I keep the register of all the old stuff the Museum cares for. In a perfect world, a museum should know about every item it holds in the collection, where it came from and where it is physically located. It’s my job to keep track of all that information."

Meredith's career path to Nelson Provincial Museum was by no means cut in a straight line. She worked as a Community Events Organiser for the Auckland City Council before realising that she wanted to make a big change. She returned to University and gained her Honours degree in Archaeology. Not convinced that she wanted to be a professional archaeologist either, Meredith took a leap of faith and followed her heart to the Auckland Museum.

"As part of my degree we’d done a field-trip to the Auckland Museum’s conservation lab – and I just fell in love with the place. I’d never really thought about working in a museum before. I finished my degree, scratched around with some part-time jobs and volunteered one day a week in the Museum’s conservation lab."

They must have liked Meredith as much as we do because the staff there put her name forward when a contract inventory position came up.

"It wasn’t glamorous. The offsite storage warehouse was cold and cramped and the work was often really repetitive – but thanks to a fabulous manager and a great team, we grew from one (me) to a team of at least eight in five years, I had the best time of my working career there in that enormous warehouse crammed full of ridiculous, weird and amazing old things."

Meredith came to Nelson Provincial Museum in 2010 as our Registrar and has been with us ever since. When asked what her favourite object in our collection is she describes one of our beautiful pounamu hei tiki, "I don’t know if it’s male or female. It’s really large, heavy and warm, and bigger than my hand."


HELEN PANNETT

Manager, Research Library & Archive

I am the Librarian and Archivist for the Nelson Provincial Museum, the oldest museum and library in New Zealand, conceived and begun on board the Whitby on its voyage from England to Nelson in May 1841. I began here in June 2009 and have enjoyed the variety and change that almost every day brings.

The research needs of people seem to be expanding the longer I stay in this position. At the Research Library we receive people from all backgrounds and countries searching for all manner of things in connection with the Nelson and Tasman regions. Some are searching for long-lost family, many others are researching the books they are writing on various topics, and there are enquiries from television directors about to embark on a new venture - some very quirky and interesting.  Staff also use the resources held at the Research Library to help with exhibitions and activities put on in the Museum.  One thing I do enjoy is working with other organisations near and far on topics that are up-coming in their works or activities programmes.

I came from The Deep South after working in public, academic and special libraries. I had not worked in a museum previously but had an interest in them from an early age, visiting the Auckland Museum constantly as I grew up. I guess it was a good place to take a family of five children on the weekend and to keep everyone engaged as there was always loads to see.

Apart from being surrounded by books and documents on a daily basis (libraries and archives have their own special aroma), my favourite thing is discovering items in the collection by accident. The latest I found was a chief's food bowl of wood, inlaid with shell with two squatting human figures embracing the oval bowl. The figures at each end have natural hair. It seems quite extraordinary that this hair has been so carefully applied. In days gone by, hair was often a keepsake that people wore in lockets or as arm cuffs. I wonder where the hair on these two figures came from? Then again, it may not be so extraordinary as I remember saving a curl of hair from the head of my first grandchild.


NICKI GREEN

SENIOR EDUCATOR

I have been at the museum for 10 years. I began in a part-time teaching role being contracted for specific roles and specific programmes.  Now I am the Senior Educator taking care of the bookings and organising my colleagues in the education team to ensure the children who visit us get a memorable experience.

I have been teaching for many many years.  I have had many different roles in the education world and have loved every one of them. I was a Resource Teacher Maori in the 80’s which has been very helpful in bringing a bicultural and bilingual aspect to every class.

My passion is to use all I know about programme design to develop an educationally sound experience for the classes who come to see us.  The age range who use our service is from preschool to year 13 .  My colleague John mainly teaches the secondary students.

My favourite objects in the museum collection are all the birds that we have. To be able to show the size and detail of the birds that we have is a real joy for me. I also love telling the story of why we have them.

I am an outdoor woman so being inside all day can be a trial. I love the sea and the mountains and any opportunity I can I am either in or on the water as a swimmer or in my kayak.