From its earliest days, St Andrew’s College has recognised the importance of documenting and preserving its unique and treasured history. In 1986, the Warwick Sullivan Memorial Museum was opened on the first floor of Strowan House (itself a heritage building) and in 1989 a curator was appointed.
We believe that understanding our past helps us to appreciate our present and shape our future.
Our Museum is home to the College’s history and traditions, as well as being a place to engage with College culture, and a source of pride for the College community. It is a place of belonging for the College family, supporting lifelong connections with St Andrew’s.
Click here to view the Museum YouTube channel where we have a number of videos showcasing St Andrew's College throughout the decades.
The Museum’s purpose is to be the keeping place for the College’s history and traditions, an enduring point of engagement with College culture, and a source of pride for all of the College’s communities.
The Museum aims to develop, document and care for a focused and relevant collection of taonga which reflects and promotes the culture of St Andrews College.
We aim to deliver exhibitions and other programmes that celebrate the stories of St Andrew’s College and its communities to inspire present and future generations
Our Museum Team
Dr Kerry McCarthy, an independent museum specialist, has been helping us to plan the new Museum, which has included extensive consultation and workshops with a three-year plan outlining key projects.
Alexandra Callaghan, a graduate from Melbourne University’s Art Curatorship programme is the Museum’s Curator, delivering the programmes and acting as first point of contact for donations and research questions.
The St Andrew’s College Museum has existed for 30 years but was forced into hiatus by the Canterbury earthquakes. This provided an exciting opportunity to reassess and refocus the Museum, particularly in the lead up to the Centenary.
The first project of the reopened museum was the installation of the earthquake exhibition in Strowan House. The exhibition draws heavily on images and first-hand accounts to shine a light on the challenges our community faced and the community’s strength over the past five years.
Click here to view the earthquake exhibition website, which accompanies the display upstairs in Strowan House.
If you would like to view the earthquake exhibition please contact Museum Curator Alexandra Callaghan on email@example.com or 03 940 2000.
The next exhibition will be a timeline showcasing 100 years of StAC history to visually celebrate the College’s Centenary.
Behind the Scenes
The College’s Museum collection is made up of a range of materials, including textiles, precious metals, ceramics, paper, photographs and wood. Each of these has specific requirements for optimal preservation storage. To ensure our treasures are cared for effectively and will survive to be studied and enjoyed by future generations, the Museum’s storeroom has been completely refitted with state-of-the-art shelving, archival boxing and enclosures.
We are currently working on digitising photographs from our extensive collection of images, and creating a digital catalogue of the entire Museum collection that will be available online for our community to view.
The Museum team is also committed to establishing a sustainable operating model, as well as making a positive contribution to the school’s strategic goals. The team is committed to a vision of a museum that is recognised as a leading school museum; one that is sustainable and professionally managed to international standards, and, above all, one that is valued by its community.
Do you have something to donate?
If you have any memorabilia you wish to donate, please contact Alexandra Callaghan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 940 2000.
We are currently calling for uniforms to be donated and are seeking artefacts (excluding blazers) that show the original colours of St Andrew's College (maroon and gold), the early grey suit and articles from 1970 -1990s with a focus on the first girls' uniform. Please contact us if you have an artefact your would be happy to donate.