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.


This is a photograph, taken in the 1920s, of the interior of A D Willis, printers and booksellers of Whanganui. The company was established in 1872. From the outset, printing and the associated trades of bookbinding and stationery manufacture were the focus of the company. A D Willis was a stockist of books, stationery, fancy goods, games and novelties, with an extensive stock of newspapers and periodicals.