EventsThrough the Shop Window

Through the Shop Window

All Day


An exhibition featuring archaeology and stories of the 1860s shops that  stood on the site of Te Pae.

Looking out through the western windows of Tūranga to the site of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, this exhibition showcases the archaeology and stories of the 1860s shops that once covered that same street-front. Many of the huge array of artefacts excavated from the site were once "fancy goods" displayed on the shelves of shops like London and Paris House, Gould and Miles or the Well-Known Little Shop, for the perusal of early colonial settlers in need of a little retail therapy.

Come along to Tūranga to find out more, including why these objects were thrown away (possible culprits include clumsiness, fisticuffs and a lost labrador), how many times shops on this street burned down (more than you think) and what these artefacts, together with the stories of the shops and shopkeepers, can tell us about colonial consumer culture in 1860s Christchurch.

Meet an archeologist!
Your chance to meet a real archeologist - Jessie Garland who dug up the artefacts in the exhibition.

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Archaeology Week
Beneath our feet: Archaeological stories of place

Join an array of archaeologists and heritage storytellers for a selection of short talks that bring to life the stories of places and landscapes in Ōtautahi Christchurch and beyond.

6-8pm, Friday 23 April
Tautoru/TSB Space
Free, bookings required

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Click here for more information about Archaeology Week

Click here to read The City Remains blog

Suitable for:
All Ages
Displays and exhibitions

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