Marlborough Museum is in Brayshaw Heritage Park, surrounded by all things heritage! The Museum is known for its Wine Exhibition, Wairau Boulder Bank archaeology exhibiton, including the famous Jim Eyles Collection. Marlborough history, Victiorian Rooms and the remarkable pottery collections of Elisabeth Lissaman, and Fran Maguire are also highlights!
The Museum celebrates an inspiring collection of items which tell the story of Marlborough.
Step outside, into the rest of Brayshaw Heritage Park, and be inspired by vintage cars, vintage machinery, and of course Beaverton, our replica street scene.
The Marlborough Museum Ambassador is Marlborough Champion, businesswoman, and journalist, Toni Gillan.
To find out about supporting the Museum click on the Support Us tab on the home page.
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Steve Austin, Executive Director
Steve joined the Museum in 2006 to lead the Museum into its next phase of development. He graduated in Art History, Music and Classical History. He has a First Class Honours degree in History. He is a qualified teacher, and also holds the National Certificate in Museum Practice.
After lecturing at Christchurch College of Education for ten years, Steve worked in Wellington at the City Gallery (Education Assistant) before moving to The Dowse (Host Team Leader), followed by three years at The Nelson Provincial Museum, (Manager of Programmes and Curatorial Services).
Steve has written a number of articles on Marlborough heritage that are now available on The Prow website, and assisted with the Marlborough entry in "Te Ara", the on-line Encyclopedia of New Zealand. His most recent published work on Blenheim carver and furniture maker William Ah Gee can be found in the widely acclaimed "The Lives of Colonial Objects", Otago University Press, 2015. He is currently researching the history of early Blenheim, and working on a publication about the life and work of Elizabeth Lissaman , (New Zealand's first Studio potter), with Jane Vial.
As well as the first museum professional employed as such in Marlborough, Steve is a founder of the Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award, with Toni Gillan; founder of the Marlborough Wine Show Legacy Award with Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell; as well as the founder of the annual Marlborough Heritage Festival.
As part of the 1842 founding families of Nelson, his family's connections in Marlborough go back to before the separation of Nelson and Marlborough in 1859. Notably his great-great-grand father's 1860 steam engine is in Brayshaw Park, with the Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery Society. His great-uncle, grand-father, and father worked on the Molesworth, and in surrounding areas.
Steve is currently working on a number of research projects in his precious spare time. The first is on early Chinese settlers in New Zealand. His other project is on New Zealand photographer Thelma Kent, who was active in the 1930s. Steve is also an accomplished classical musician, artist, and horticulturalist.
Steve Austin on marlboroughnz.com
Jillian Trayling, Support Manager and Marlborough Museums Registrar
Jillian Trayling joined the Marlborough Museum Team in 2011. She has been recently appointed by the Marlborough Heritage Trust as their Secretary and the Support Manager for all operations. In addition to these roles she is the Museums Registrar which involves responsibility for the Collections database. Before joining Marlborough Museum Jillian had a wide professional experience that included legal secretary, office manager, and swimming instructor.
John Orchard, Marlborough Heritage Education Manager
John has been the Senior Teacher of the Heritage Education Programme for many years, following 25 years as a History, Geography, Mathematics and Outdoor Pursuits teacher in Christchurch, Oamaru, and Blenheim.
He feels privileged to have a job involving many of his interests. These include running field trips for the Marlborough Historical Society and many years of giving tours for the former local branch of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, restoration of historic earth buildings, photographic archives, archaeology, military history, and building projects.
John has also been President of the progressive Blenheim Riverside Railway project since it's formation over 25 years ago. He was awarded a QSM for services to the community, and has also been honoured twice by Marlborough District Council for services to heritage in Marlborough.
Megan Ross, Marlborough Archives Manager
Before moving to Okaramio, Marlborough in 2004, Megan spent 25 years working in libraries specialising in Reference Services. Her last position was Knowledge Services Manager at Porirua Library.
Megan has completed several courses in archival processes including two post graduate papers at Victoria University, one on Preservation Management and one on Archive Management.
She joined the Marlborough Museum in November 2006 as the Archives Manager, and works 4 days a week.
The Archives provide a unique picture of the Marlborough region and community and Megan says she is privileged to be able to work with them.
Beavertown is a replica street scene based on features of Blenheim around 1900.
"The Beaver", and "Beaver Station" were early names for what is now the town of Blenheim.
Riverlands Cob Cottage
Cob Cottage is the most visited historic building in Marlborough.
It is a good example of how early Marlburians constructed dwellings in a region without a close supply of timber.
We have just completed the restoration of the walls, and chimneys, following the Seddon earthquakes. Visitors will be able to view the cottage from the outside, once the site is re-opened from 1 December 2016.