Who we are
We are a local museum in the ex coal mining village of Blackball, telling the story of the 1908 strike which saw the local miners lead the country into a new political era. We also mount local heritage exhibitions, exhibitions on current social and political issues, host a schools' programme teaching students the virtue of collective action, and run events reflecting a people's culture.
The Museum was opened in 2007 and is supported by: E tu union, Tertiary Education Union, Public Service Association, the Dairy Workers Union, the Maritime Union of NZ and First Union. Infrastructure development has been funded by TrustPower, Development West Coast, Lotteries NZ, the West Coast Development Trust, Blackadder Trust and the Grey District Council.
Current Board: Nick Secker, Wayne Collins, Garth Elliott, Paul Kearns, Caroline Selwood, Tania Smallridge, Paul Maunder.
Summer Exhibition: Blackball Belles
Following on from last summer's popular 'Blackball Blokes' exhibition, Caroline Selwood and Tania Smallridge have been gathering the women's stories. Open now.
We run a one day interactive programme, Without our brain and muscle, designed for years: 6-10. The children are transported back to early last century conditions, the miners going to work for insufficient pay and the family budget stretched. What can they do?
Celebrating Mayday is a major event on the Museum's calendar, bringing people from all over New Zealand. A forum, a debate, cultural items and sometimes an activist event take place. Next year the theme will be pay equity, but as well we will be holding the AGM of Te Puawai Co-operative Society and taking in the Petrel Festival.
The Museum has facilitated the setting up of a co-operative incubator as a response to the need for a transition economy. More information and details about applying for membership is available at www.tepuawai.co.nz.
Te Puawai launched by Cuban Ambassador.
Links: video Walter Shaw of Blackball reminisces - YouTube; Pike Commemoration in Blackball 2016 -YouTube; Picket at Pike River Mine -YouTube. Accommodation www.blackballhilton.co.nz. Food www.blackballsalami.co.nz. Walking Croesus Track. Walking and tramping in Southern Paparoa Range.
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