Policies and Governance Statement

Standards: The culture of the Museum’s exhibitions will be at the forefront of current Museum practices with interactive displays and the ability to meet a diversity of needs. 


The Museum will collect:

(i) material relating to union campaigns and trade union development, but which will also be open to material generated by political groups or parties actively involved in working class issues;

(ii) oral histories;

(iii)   the personal collections of activists involved in working class issues;

(iv) family material of West Coast working class people which is of sociological interest;

(v) published material relating to working class life in NZ.

(vi) objects(1)  which are resonant and which can be permanently displayed.



The immediate services provided by the Museum will include: 

• the opening of the Memorial to the public on a regular basis;

• the  hosting of school parties of any age; 

• the mounting of oral history projects;

• the mounting of forums and speakers on suitable topics, both locally and nationally;

• the preparation and distribution of visual and written material based around the Museum’s displays  through sale or the internet; this material to include student friendly backgrounders on NZ working class history;

• the holding of celebratory events which commemorate NZ working class history;

• the providing of a top class website;

• the providing of general tourist information for visitors;

• the selling of some local craft.


Future services could include:

• the provision of writer in residence fellowships;

• a publishing arm specialising in work relevant to the NZ working class;

• workshops in arts relevant to the working class e.g. banner making;

• the organising of NZ tours for progressive visitors.


Staff: The Museum’s services will initially, while visitor numbers and reputation build, be provided by volunteers. Where income is generated by an activity, e.g. hosting school parties, a fee may be offered to the facilitator. When finances allow, a part-time position will be created.


Administrative structure: 

The Trust Board will include: 

• the local Member of Parliament or delegated representative;

• a member of the Grey District Council;

• a delegate from the Local Affiliates Council;

• a representative from the tangatawhenua. 


Networking with local, regional, national and international organisations: 

The museum will network with other visitor providers in the region and be pro-active in building linked activities for visitors and for school parties. 

Networking with the trade union sector will be of equal importance, to provide articles for newsletters, programmes for seminars, and to link with websites.

The Museum will establish connections with the labour history sector of the Universities.

It will also be useful to network with other labour museums, and to join established groupings e.g. the European worklab network.


(1) Objects refers to banners, tools, household implements etc


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