Lottery grant for WWI project

The Nelson Provincial Museum has been awarded $50,000 from the Lottery Grants Board for its World War One Commemoration exhibition.

Museum director Peter Millward said the grant would enable a significant amount of collection material to be digitised, transcribed and processed for use in the exhibition and in the online component of the commemorative project currently under development.

Material includes diaries, postcards, letters, albums of photos and digital images and records.

"The benefits of this grant will become increasingly apparent as material is added alongside the records of service as outlined in the database launched two weeks ago by the mayors of Nelson City and Tasman District.

"This is the second grant towards the project - one outcome from the first grant is the Memories of the First World War [exhibition] currently on display in the Museum foyer." The exhibition is to open in August and will be its longest running exhibition.

Millward said the database was one of the most complete records of any province in New Zealand.

The Nelson Mail