Hidden Heritage

Preserving, presenting, and reusing personal collections

School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington

We are looking for participants from the public and creative sectors, and anyone who has a collection that is potentially valuable to be preserved for the future, no matter if it is well organised or stored in boxes in a garage. This research also aims to include participants who have inherited collections from family members who were significant individuals, so feel free to contact us if you are in this situation. If you are interested in participating, or simply would like to know more, please contact Maja Krtalic at maja.krtalic@vuw.ac.nz.

Participation typically entails meeting with members of our team for an interview about how you organise your documents and artefacts, your attitudes towards their potential value, and, if applicable, your impressions of software we've designed to help you reflect upon and annotate your digital items. More specific details are available in a participant information sheet provided upon contacting our team.

This research is confidential. This means that the researchers will be aware of participants’ identity but the research data will be aggregated and participants’ identity will not be revealed in any reports, presentations, or public documentation.

Only the researchers will read interview notes or transcripts. Such transcripts, summaries, and any recordings will be kept securely and destroyed after the project ends. This research has been approved by the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee (#27173).