Porirua Hospital Museum



Let's go nuts (excuse the pun) at the former Porirua Lunatic Aslyum one Saturday afternoon ...
For nearly 100 years from 1887, this institution housed the Wellington region's mentally ill - with a maximum occupancy of 1500 patients back in the 1960s.
Today, the category 1 historic place operates as a museum - the only one of its kind in New Zealand - displaying a collection that records the development of mental health services in this country over the last 150 years.
Normally, Porirua Hospital Museum is open to the public only on Tuesdays between 1pm-4pm but I can organise a group visit there for a couple of hours one weekend soon. Perhaps in late May or early June?
Entry will be free, though I'm sure the museum trust would gratefully accept a small donation if we wanted to offer one.
You can learn more about the venue's history here but, to really wet your whistle, check out this visit by Wellington photographer Fergus Cunningham.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Te Ara has asked that I attribute the image used in the introduction for this meetup as follows:

    Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand Photograph by Marguerite Hill. http://www.teara.govt.nz

    The image features on this page:

    http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/29407/asylums-seclusion-room-porirua


    Folks, as photographers you should all be well aware of the requirements for making use of material which is under copyright. Please respect the requirements, as you would want other people to respect yours.

    June 24, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Thanks, Kylie, for organizing this, and to all the folk at the assylum ;-)

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting history & interesting interiors, instruments and old machines to photograph

    June 23, 2013

  • Kylie W.

    Yes it's still on. I can give you co-ordinates for the museum building but the location details on this page already show their listed address.

    June 23, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Thanks for the update

    June 23, 2013

  • Rachel

    Our apologies, we are unable to attend today.

    June 23, 2013

  • carol

    It is still on isn't it. What is the actual address please and I'll met you outside.

    June 22, 2013

  • Amelia W.

    Thanks for organising Kylie. I'm keen, but still a maybe. See you there maybe :)

    June 22, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I'm pretty keen to go

    June 22, 2013

  • Tracilee

    Sorry I need to pull out of this - still cleaning up storm damage.

    June 22, 2013

  • peter m.

    hi all going to try some coloured slow sync flash and even bring a diana or two to use gasp up some of my huge film stocks

    June 17, 2013

  • M. B.

    thanks for organising but will not come now as it is raining look forward to next one.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make next weekend, sorry

    June 16, 2013

  • Kylie W

    Apologies, have been dealing with a death in the family and have not had any internet access. Event is on Sunday 23rd; I had previously changed the date but it obviously didn't save correctly.

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the update, Kylie. Sorry to hear such sad news though...

      1 · June 15, 2013

    • Steven T.

      Thanks for the update, Kylie. I wish you and your family the best at this time...

      1 · June 15, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Thanks for the update

    June 15, 2013

  • carol

    can someone please update the date in the heading .... ta

    June 15, 2013

  • Kylie W changed the date and time from Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM to Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    June 15, 2013

  • Kylie W

    Time for a quick check-in ... or should that be checkup? Either way, the prognosis for this visit looks excellent.
    One of our tour guides will be a former hospital physician, who is expected to tell us about the venue's history and explain how some of the museum artefacts were used.
    According to the trust, we should all be able to wander around the museum in one group but if this proves problematic, I'll split us up into two factions - with one lot shooting inside while the other explores the hospital grounds.

    MEETUP CARPOOL?
    Seeing as so many of us are heading in the same direction on Sunday 23rd, if anybody wants to play chauffeur, I'm happy to co-ordinate carpool requests and offers.
    To kick things off: I'll be driving to Porirua from Island Bay if anybody in the vicinity needs a ride.

    May 31, 2013

    • Michael L.

      OK will be in touch if it is on, Bridget

      June 14, 2013

    • Margaret

      Please clarify what date this is happening. Thanks a lot

      June 15, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Changed my mind also. No confirmation makes it hard to plan. May still be interested if there is some confirmation today. Sounded like a cool idea.

    June 15, 2013

  • John S.

    Sorry to change my mind just toooo many people. so Sorry. but if anyone is listening I have a great new A2 printer that needs more throughput than I can do alone so any member of the group can come and use and only pay for paper and ink. John

    1 · June 14, 2013

    • John S.

      Hi Bridget

      June 14, 2013

    • John S.

      Give me a call if you are stuck with your camera - I used to teach at the Nikon School of Photography

      June 14, 2013

  • April F.

    Thanks for checking.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm no longer able to make it on Sunday. Have fun!

    June 14, 2013

  • Alyssa T.

    55 people seems like a lot to me...almost too many for my tastes. I don't know how big the museum is but seems like we'd need to split up into at least 3 groups.

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi folks. I'm afraid I can neither confirm nor deny with regard to the date of this meetup. I've emailed Kylie and asked her to clarify.

    Thanks

    Jim

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Yes I believe it is

    June 14, 2013

  • Rachel

    Desperately seeking confirmation! Is the meetup this Sunday (16th)?

    2 · June 14, 2013

  • Karen F.

    Hi have we had confirmation for this yet? I'd really like to go but I'd like to confirm that it is this sunday and not sunday the 23rd which I can't make

    1 · June 14, 2013

  • April F.

    Hi, awaiting update on correct date as others. Wiould appreciate a ride too. Can meet at central locale to make ride sharing easier.

    June 10, 2013

  • Zelda M.

    Apologies, I have to withdraw as well.

    June 10, 2013

  • trisha n.

    Hi I have to withdraw unfortunately - overtaken by family events. look forward to joining you another time
    Trisha

    June 10, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Yes I would like to come. My 2nd Meetup.

    June 10, 2013

  • Peggy

    This idea looks fantastic - is it still all go for the 16th? I live in Mt Cook and would really appreciate a lift - I can meet anyone coming through town & will contribute to petrol money of course :)

    June 7, 2013

  • Frida

    I have been going on about this for ages with my family now and they are all cool with me not being here :) Ever so slightly confused though, is it the 16th or the 23rd? this second date seems to be mentioned by Kylie, can anyone clarify?

    June 1, 2013

  • Stuart

    I will be coming over from Upper Hutt if anyone wants a lift. S

    June 1, 2013

  • trisha n.

    Hi Kylie thanks for coordinating carpooling. I'd appreciate a lift if there is one available. I'm in Kingston/Brooklyn area - can get to Berhampore or close to start of the motorway if that's helpful. and look forward to confirmation of the date.

    June 1, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Hiya.

    Just checking if the date for this is the 16th June - Kylie in your last post you mention 23rd. And thanks for the great suggestion of the car pool - I was thinking of cycling as it's just a 20 minute ride away for me.

    1 · June 1, 2013

    • Carol M

      I'm uncertain too =- 16th?? or 23rd...

      June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much for organizing this. It looks like it will be a great visit. I would definitely need a lift if anyone (Jim??) has a place in their car :) I can contribute towards petrol money etc. Thanking you in advance.

    June 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Deb, I'd be more than happy to do that... but I can't be certain just now that I will be able to attend. I have the Lightroom workshop the day before though, so could discuss then??

      June 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Kylie, I'm in Miramar, but could be dropped off somewhere else in the city area. Jim, thanks. Will discuss then.

      June 1, 2013

  • trisha n.

    sounds like a great (and rare) opportunity - well done for organising it. I'd like to join in cheers Trisha

    May 19, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Now tentative. Was good for 26th May; I have an overlap on June 16...

    Thanks, Kylie, for organising this, though - will definitely try to work it out.

    May 16, 2013

  • Kylie W.

    Spoke to the Porirua Hospital Museum Trust secretary this morning. She's happy to let us visit BUT we have to convince the trust to lift its no photography ban for that afternoon. I'm not sure when or why this rule was introduced but hopefully my arguments for us being allowed to snap away will be well received.

    As for the date: I work every Sunday afternoon, so Saturday would suit me best. The museum trust also seems to prefer a Saturday but if there is enough interest in a Sunday visit, I'll approach them again. Either weekend of May 18/19th or 25/26th is fine so can we get a show of hands for which option you'd all prefer?

    Time-wise: If we go on a Saturday, perhaps 1-3pm? Sunday would have to be 11am-1pm, otherwise I can't attend.

    And how does everybody feel about offering a donation of say $2 each to show the trust our appreciation? This isn't compulsory but it seems like the right thing to do.

    May 8, 2013

    • Kylie W

      That was my plan, Susan. There are several great old hospital buildings in the vicinity that could be photographed while the first half of the group tours the museum.

      May 16, 2013

    • Kylie W

      As for the 'No Photography' rule, I don't know when it was introduced but it is meant to safeguard patient safety. Apparently even the Alexander Turnbull Library, which holds most of the asylum's photographic records, has to adhere to this policy when it comes to lending out this material.

      May 16, 2013

  • Kylie W changed the date and time from Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM to Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    May 15, 2013

  • Kylie W

    Have just got off the phone with a Porirua Hospital Museum trustee. The good news is that we can photograph the museum - as long as we sign a collective release form and don't take any images that directly name or portray individual patients. The bad news is the date of our visit has to change (see above).
    Hope this is okay with everyone.

    May 15, 2013

  • Kylie W

    Keep your fingers crossed ... Am expecting to hear back in the next few days as to whether we have approval to take photographs here. It looks promising right now, so I predict this event will proceed as planned on Sunday, May 26th.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Steven T.

    Good for 26th. Haven't been for a while so looking forward to dusting off the old relic and joining up... I don't recognise too many names, so it will be good to meet a whole lot of new people, too...

    May 11, 2013

  • Ali L.

    I'll show my hand for the weekend of the 18/19th - 'cause the other is the 48hr Film Festival, and I'll be running around like a mad thing then making a bad movie.

    1 · May 8, 2013

    • Frida

      Ali I have been looking to get involved with something like this for ages ( the 48 hrs FF) do you need someone to help out? I make a mean coffee and all sorts of nice food if need be :)

      May 8, 2013

    • Ali L.

      Hi Frida, and thank you! My small group is already set up (we all play at improv comedy so have a quirky way of working), BUT if you go to the 48 hour forum, there are lots of crews looking for people. http://www.48hours.co...­

      May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make that date - I will be at the Food Show.

    May 8, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Looks like a fascinating subject, keen... subject to working around some family commitments.

    May 8, 2013

  • Rothmony

    sounds cool..very interested, but afraid can't make it on a Sunday...Saturday I'll be keen :(

    May 8, 2013

  • Kylie W.

    Okay, I've set a tentative date of Sunday, May 26th - as the Carlucciland Meetup is on the previous Sunday. Hopefully this will suit the majority.
    Perhaps we could meet up a little earlier to shoot some of the other hospital buildings before we tour the museum?

    May 8, 2013

    • Morkel Z

      :-( Hope to see you on another outing!

      May 8, 2013

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