Archives Research Services - Ngā Rātonga Rangahau ā te Tari Rokiroki

The Whanganui Regional Museum Archives contain a large and exciting collection of original and secondary information, available for private and professional research. The majority of the information held in the archives is directly relevant to the Whanganui region, although there is significant material of national and international interest.

The collection includes:

  • Manuscripts and archives
  • Maps and plans
  • Photographs and negatives
  • Newspapers and journals
  • Family and personal papers
  • Records of clubs, societies and institutions
  • Paintings, drawings and prints
  • Oral histories
  • Books

Archives Research Services Hours - Ngā Hāora ō te Tari Rokiroki

10.00am - 1.00pm Monday - Friday except on public holidays.

Researchers are welcome to visit the Museum Archives during these hours or they can contact the Archivist to discuss their research needs.

Access to the Archives is at the rear of the Museum, directly at the corner of Cameron Terrace and Watt Street.


Archives Research Services Fees - Ngā Utu ā te Tari Rokiroki

Access to the Archives is free.

Fees are charged for all copies produced, for specialist research services and for reproductions in all formats of publication.

Copying charges:

  • Photocopying: 30 cents per A4 page and 50 cents per A3 page
  • Digital or print copies of photographs: $15 per A4 image
  • Consult the Archivist about pricing for other sizes and formats

Publication fees:

  • $20 per image (local history, educational)
  • $100 per image (commercial)
  • $100 per hour of filming


Specialist Research - Te Utu Kaimahi Hei Kairangahau Māū

If researchers are unable to come to the Museum they can ask the Archivist to carry out research on their behalf.

Staff research time charges:

  • Free for the first half hour
  • $30 per half hour after that


More Information - He Rauemi Anō Hei Āwhina

A brochure titled Whanganui Historical Research: A Guide to Archival Resources is available from the Archivist. It outlines the archives collections, opening hours and charges at Whanganui Regional Museum, Wanganui District Library, Sarjeant Gallery and Wanganui District Council Archives.


The Wanganui Public Musuem was all dressed up to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Whanganui in January 1954. The photograph was taken and printed using a modified die transfer process, which involved three exposures on monochrome film through three basic colour filters. To allow for the large difference in exposure times between the images, flood lights were used. In order to manage the relatively short exposure times of the flood lights, the city engineer parked his car nearby. For each exposure, on the signal, he blew the car horn and a Museum staff member inside switched off the appropriate light. Each negative was printed by an enlarger onto special uncoated paper and then the three die images were transferred to the final full colour print.