Seeking Expressions of Interest: Memory of the World New Zealand register


Trafalgar Street, Queen Victoria Jubilee, 1887. Nelson Provincial Museum, Tyree Studio Collection: 181975

The UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand Trust is calling for Expressions of Interest for new inscriptions to the New Zealand register by 30 April 2018.

Advantages of an inscription on the register include:

  • ensuring that our history and our stories are not forgotten
  • highlighting the significance of the information /knowledge contained in collections
  • recognition by an independent organisation (UNESCO)
  • public recognition of the importance of documentary heritage
  • publicity and promotion for your institution
  • to be part of an international network of the most important documentary heritage in the world
  • increased possibility of attracting resources (to care for, preserve and promote the collection)
  • raised awareness of the work done by custodians of documentary heritage.

The Memory of the World New Zealand register now lists 27 inscriptions of significant documentary heritage. Their custodians include heritage institutions in our main cities, small towns and private collections. All greatly contribute to the story of our nation’s history and heritage and are significant to the identity of New Zealanders today. This year the Trust is especially interested in nominations that focus on the achievements of women in New Zealand, as well as science-based collections.

To learn more about the criteria for inscription and process for submission (including a nomination form) visit the Memory of the World New Zealand website.

To submit an Expression of Interest, complete the EOI form and send it to by 30 April.  Submission of an EOI is not compulsory in order to complete a nomination but can be a helpful tool.

Note: The 2018 nomination form will have some minor revisions and will be available shortly.