Museum

The Chapel’s boutique museum tells the story of the Marquette, featuring the three Christchurch Hospital nurses who died when the vessel was torpedoed and sank.

Exhibits associated with those who survived portray the role of nurses during the First World War, as part of the contribution of New Zealand women in arenas of armed conflict. In our archives are eyewitness accounts of these events and the collection of military medals and decorations awarded to nurses is unique. There is also a section about the influenza epidemic in 1918, as well as an interesting display of historical photographs and some nursing ephemera.

Joy Holdsworth played a leading role in establishing the small museum at the chapel. The museum was originally planned to be located in the basement of the chapel. However, even after extensive treatment of the walls and floor surfaces, high humidity levels were still being measured which made it unsuitable for use.

The museum is now situated in the west vestry and contains a number of exhibits showing various items associated with the history of nursing at Christchurch Hospital including historical photographs, an interesting display of nursing and medical memorabilia and the treasured Acland family bible.  A video is available for viewing giving a nine minute pictorial insight into the Chapels past.

The collection includes contributions from the Medical History Trust and the Northbrook Museum

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