TUKU21 Whakatū Heritage Month

A month of exciting events celebrating our stories, people and places.

Richmond Library are hosting a number of events as part of TUKU21. All the events are free, but space is limited so please contact library staff to book your spot. Phone 03 543 8500. 

Event Details Date Time
2020 Lockdown Quilt Exhibition

In 2020, Tasman District Libraries invited people of all ages from across Te Tau Ihu, The Top of The South, to stitch a word or image relating to their experience of Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown to a piece of fabric. These embroidered panels were then pieced together by textile artist Christine McGuigan into a quilt. The quilt forms a patchwork of our communal experience of an extraordinary time.


Available under Covid Alert levels 1 and 2.

Monday 29 March to 29 April  During Library opening hours
Make your photos, slides and negatives digital 

Do you have family photos, slides or negatives that you haven't looked at in years? Don't leave your precious memories to moulder in the garage, make them digital. During April library staff are available to help you turn your old photos or slides digital. 


Basic computer skills are required.


Bookings essential.

Available under Covid Alert level 1 only.

All of April  During library opening hours
Using historic NZ newspapers for family history research

Learn how to use historic New Zealand online newspapers to research your family history. Discover what life was like in the 19th and early 20th century New Zealand. This class includes navigating, search tips and how to save and print articles from Papers Past. 


Basic computer skills are required. BYOD (bring your own device) or use a library laptop.


Bookings required as the class is limited to 5 people.

Event will run under Covid Alert levels 1 or 2.

Wednesday 7 April 10.00am-11.00am
Heritage as Tourism - Wikipedia Content and Editing

Wikipedia is a popular online destination for information, and a valuable tool for supporting regional tourism. This workshop will explain the basics of using Wikipedia to create and edit content relating to the rich history and natural environments of the Nelson Tasman region. Come and share your heritage with the world. 


Bookings required.

Event will run under Covid Alert levels 1 or 2.

Saturday 10 April 10.00am-12.00 noon
Riding the COVID Wave - Waimea Intermediate School

Waimea Intermediate School students give a talk on the challenges and successes of publishing "Riding the COVID Wave" , a wonderful local resources of life in COVID lockdown. Hear all about how the students made contact with interviewees, how the interviews went during alert levels and some interesting stories from the book. 


Cash sales of the book will be available. 


Bookings highly recommended as space is limited.

Event will run under Covid Alert levels 1 or 2. 

Wednesday 14 April 5.00pm-6.00pm
Introduction to Ancestry.com

 This introductory course will include search tips for using Ancestry.com, looking at various record collections for New Zealand and the UK, viewing Public Member trees and sending records home from the library.


Basic computer skills are essential. BYOD (bring your own device) or use a library laptop.


Bookings required as the class is limited to 5 people.

Event will run under Covid Alert levels 1 or 2.

Thursday 15 April 10.00am-12.00 noon
Family History Friday

Just starting your family tree or having trouble finding your ancestors? Want to know more about how to use Ancestry.com, or what other family or local history resources are available? Drop by the Richmond Library Research Room and specialist library staff will be available to help you on your research journey. 


Bookings recommended

Event will run under Covid Alert levels 1 or 2.


30 April

10.30am-12.00 noon

Tuku21 Landscape White Box


Individuals, schools and community groups across Whakatū Nelson are hosting events as part of TUKU21. Pick up a copy of the full TUKU21 programme at the Richmond, Stoke, Tahunanui, or Elma Turner Libraries. 

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