KCET will be opening the doors to the King Countries historical archives on Friday 19th July 2019.
Pop into the new KCET Container Pod behind the chemist and see the new working environment for the local King Country Historian Ron Cooke.
Ron was evicted from The Memory Bank building in November 2018, and his business given notice in March 2019. Ron’s new office will be relocated to Matapuna at the end of July 2019, after he has taken up residence in the first KCET Container Pod.
For the first time ever, Ron now has enough space for the most important photos and treasured negatives from the C&S Collection as well as his extensive library of newspaper clippings, all in his immediate working space. His unique collection of historical books also grace his new office shelves.
He now has access to a massive 8m long workspace, with his treasured Apple Mac computers all ready to rumble! Our second Container Pod will be arriving within weeks.
- Check out the design of new KCET Container Pod;
- Learn about KCET’s list of achievements in its first half year;
- Speak to ‘Cookie’ as he explains how he uses KCET’s massive collection of photographs and other historical documents to produce his historical publications;
- View the huge collection of photographs & negatives – the first time that this treasured collection has been fully open to the public and be amazed at the tens of thousands of negatives, prints and other archives;
- See how the publicly available microfilmed archives of Bob Thomas’ newspapers are used as the basis for fact divining;
- Watch the creation of a book in realtime using contemporary people and archived resources;
- Search the incredible digital record of 16,000 annotated and indexed photographs in realtime;
- Learn how KCET is preparing for the future through commercial and volunteer educational programmes;
- Learn the challenging facts behind the ugly litigation and why KCET has had to take the previous trust, their trustees and the RDC to court;
Supporters are urged to call in and support Ron with his latest moves. Following a tremendously challenging time recently he is now upbeat and happy to be sharing his local knowledge.
Visitors on Friday are encouraged to make bookings on 07 895-6807 and to use this last chance to pop in and say, “Hi!” before the move at the end of this month.