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Contribute to your city’s heritage from anywhere in the world

Friday June 10 2016

Palmerston North City Library has created a new digital archive that allows you to contribute your own items for the collection from your home computer or mobile device, wherever you are in the world.

Photo shows heritage assistant Heather Glasgow looking at the Manawatu Heritage website on her computer.

Palmerston North City Library heritage assistant Heather Glasgow looks at the new Manawatū Heritage website, which went live today

The new online digital archive, called Manawatū Heritage, has just gone live.

Developed by the Council's Libraries and Community Services Unit and Auckland-based website designers My Tours, is devoted to the community heritage collections of Palmerston North and the wider region.

“We are very excited about this project," says Palmerston North City Library Heritage Team Leader Lesley Courtney.

"Our digital heritage collection is open to anyone to add items of significance to them. You can upload images of scanned photographs, documents, maps and plans. You can even write your own illustrated articles. You’ll also be able to comment on items and tag them.”

The material doesn’t have to be decades old either to be relevant to the collection.

“We’ll be encouraging people to add current material from their lives. Today’s content is tomorrow’s history.”

Lesley Courtney says the new interactive Manawatū Heritage site replaces Pataka Ipurangi: Manawatū Memory Online which was based upon earlier technology.

“All of the wonderful collections previously available on Pataka Ipurangi will be found on Manawatū Heritage along with a bounty of recently added content. It is going to be worth visiting the site again and again because new material will be coming on stream all the time.”

The new digital archive will also allow people to download content at very high resolutions directly from the site, provided it has copyright clearance.

“We’re looking forward to working with the community to develop the site over the next two years and add more features to enhance the experience of our visitors and contributors,” says Lesley Courtney.

PNCC Libraries and Community Services Manager Debbie Duncan says: “Manawatū Heritage is not only a living site, it is a national first in that it has been built to provide quality access through mobile technology. This initiative will provide an opportunity for the community to actively engage with the Library’s heritage collections in ways that haven’t been possible before now.”

Manawatū Heritage will be formally launched at an event in the Central Library this evening.