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Historian Helen McCracken points out some of the features of the University's Museum Building to Blyss Wagstaff, heritage advisor registration for the Historic Places Trust central region.

Historic Places check-up for Museum building

Tokomaru, the Wellington campus Museum Building, is having a check-up to ensure its Historic Places Trust status and data is up to date.

Historian Helen McCracken has been contracted by the trust to document changes to the building and take photographs.

“The building was first placed on our register in the 1980s. There has been a large amount of work and a whole new history has developed since then,” Ms McCracken says.

Ann Neill, general manager for the central region office of the NZ Historic Places Trust, agrees.

“Heritage and buildings are not static," Mrs Neill says. "They have many lives and many changes. We want to support the owners in the continued enjoyment of the buildings and allow them use them in a functional way.”

A report on the updated information will be prepared and will go to co-owners, the Wellington Tenths Trust and the University, for comment before being filed online. The building will retain its category one trust rating.

The Old  Main Building on the Palmerston North campus also has a category one classification, while 
Craiglochart (Moginie House), Refectory and Wharerata are category two.

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