How people are using Te Papa’s collection images

Te Papa’s rights guru Victoria Leachman runs through some of her favourite recent comments from people downloading images from our Collections Online database.

People are continuing to download and use the free high resolution images of collection items from Te Papa’s Collections Online. In the quarter October to December 2016 there were 2898 downloads.

When people download images we ask them to let us know what they are using the images for.

Here are some of my favourite comments:

People engaging with art

His dramatic contrasts in the Otira and West coast paintings give me inspiration for dramatic charcoal drawings that my students can be inspired to try i.e. ‘After Van der Velden’ His was not the romantic European version of the New Zealand landscape. Plus I visit Otira via West Coast most years for the reasons Petrus loved – the wildness!

Mount Rolleston, circa 1893, Christchurch, by Petrus van der Velden. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. No known copyright. Te Papa (1936-0012-116)

Mount Rolleston, circa 1893, Christchurch, by Petrus van der Velden. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. No known copyright. Te Papa (1936-0012-116)

I’m an artist and I’m using this as a reference! (Not Moana-related, no no–okay it is.)

Model Tongiaki (sailing canoe), 2002, Tonga, by Alex Kennedy. Commissioned 2002. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE011789)

Model Tongiaki (sailing canoe), 2002, Tonga, by Alex Kennedy. Commissioned 2002. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE011789)

Practising sketching. Love butterflies.

Muscarum scarabeorum ... varie figure. Plate 7. Three butterflies and a wasp., 1646, Flanders, by Wenceslaus Hollar. Gift of Bishop Monrad, 1869. No known copyright. Te Papa (1869-0001-171)

Muscarum scarabeorum … varie figure. Plate 7. Three butterflies and a wasp., 1646, Flanders, by Wenceslaus Hollar. Gift of Bishop Monrad, 1869. No known copyright. Te Papa (1869-0001-171)

Helping people with disabilities

I could not see the image very well, and was hoping the download would be larger.

Margaret Butler in her Studio, 1918-1930, maker unknown. No known copyright. Te Papa (CA000259/001/0001/0005)

Margaret Butler in her Studio, 1918-1930, maker unknown. No known copyright. Te Papa (CA000259/001/0001/0005)

People connecting with their culture

I am learning to Matai chiefly language and it is a requirement to know the faalupega…

O le Tusi FAALUPEGA o Samoa, 1981, Samoa, by TE Faletoese. Gift of Safua Akeli, 2010. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE012543)

O le Tusi FAALUPEGA o Samoa, 1981, Samoa, by TE Faletoese. Gift of Safua Akeli, 2010. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE012543)

I am a Fiji from Bau, and I would like to show my kids how their forefathers used to travel. Vinaka

Model drua (sailing canoe), 2002, Fiji, by Alex Kennedy. Commissioned 2002. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE011790)

Model drua (sailing canoe), 2002, Fiji, by Alex Kennedy. Commissioned 2002. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (FE011790)

Te Papa’s sponsors and stakeholders

Parliamentary Services downloaded open images to promote the Commemoration of Cook Islands Soldiers From World War One that happened on 16 November 2016.

Cook Island men in military uniforms, 1914-1919, Cook Islands, maker unknown. Gift of Majorie Sedon, 2005. No known copyright. Te Papa (PS.002935)

Cook Island men in military uniforms, 1914-1919, Cook Islands, maker unknown. Gift of Majorie Sedon, 2005. No known copyright. Te Papa (PS.002935)

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage staff found an image perfect for their Today in History section of their New Zealand History website.

Poster, ’Protect New Zealand’, June 1942, Wellington, by N.Z. National Savings Committee. Gift of Mr C H Andrews, 1967. No known copyright. Te Papa (GH014046)

Poster, ’Protect New Zealand’, June 1942, Wellington, by N.Z. National Savings Committee. Gift of Mr C H Andrews, 1967. No known copyright. Te Papa (GH014046)

Students and parents of students

I am E. P. Cox’s great granddaughter, and using his picture for my own daughter’s school project on Veterans.

Major E.P. Cox, 1915, Auckland, by Wilson & Horton Ltd. Gift of Paul Simmons, 1989. No known copyright. Te Papa (CA000512/001/0021/0049)

Major E.P. Cox, 1915, Auckland, by Wilson & Horton Ltd. Gift of Paul Simmons, 1989. No known copyright. Te Papa (CA000512/001/0021/0049)

Other Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums

To help interpret a depot boat in our collection that was from Auckland Islands

Sign post, circa 1880, New Zealand, maker unknown. Gift of Dr Ron Balham, 1959. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH003522)

Sign post , circa 1880, New Zealand, maker unknown. Gift of Dr Ron Balham, 1959. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH003522)

Auckland Museum: Exhibition Being Chinese in Aotearoa opening Feb 2017. Cheers Lucy

Portrait of a Chinese man, circa 1930s, Wellington, by Cuba Photographic Studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. No known copyright. Te Papa (B.046894)

Portrait of a Chinese man, circa 1930s, Wellington, by Cuba Photographic Studio. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. No known copyright. Te Papa (B.046894)

In a blog post by a librarian at Christchurch Libraries reviewing a book on Crinolines.

Crinoline, circa 1869, United Kingdom, by W.S. & E.H. Thomson. Gift of Elizabeth Ridder, 2000. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH007988)

Crinoline , circa 1869, United Kingdom, by W.S. & E.H. Thomson. Gift of Elizabeth Ridder, 2000. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (GH007988)

Researchers and citizen scientists

I am on Macquarie Island, and looking for reliably identified moss images.

mosses, Cratoneuropsis relaxa (Hook.f. & Wilson) Broth., collected May 1889, Dunedin, North East Valley., New Zealand. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (M013749)

mosses, Cratoneuropsis relaxa (Hook.f. & Wilson) Broth., collected May 1889, Dunedin, North East Valley., New Zealand. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (M013749)

invasive species research presentation

Silver tussock, Poa cita Edgar, collected 20 Feb 2012, Hue te Taka Peninsula (Moa Point), New Zealand. Field Collection 2011. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (SP094156)

Silver tussock, Poa cita Edgar, collected 20 Feb 2012, Hue te Taka Peninsula (Moa Point), New Zealand. Field Collection 2011. CC BY-NC-ND licence. Te Papa (SP094156)

People connecting with their ancestors

My great grandfather was a trimmer on this ship, engaged in Dunedin 1905

U.S.S. Warrimoo at Dunedin, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio. No known copyright. Te Papa (C.010431)

U.S.S. Warrimoo at Dunedin, New Zealand, by Muir & Moodie studio. No known copyright. Te Papa (C.010431)

Enabling free download of collection images (where rights allow) has seen Te Papa collections appear in ways we hadn’t anticipated, supported relationships with key stakeholders and sponsors with minimum investment of staff time, raised the profile of Te Papa’s work and collections with our target audiences, and given joy and pleasure to users.

I’m looking forward to reading next quarter’s comments.

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One Response

  1. Mark Stocker

    Great blog, Victoria, and a wonderful vindication of Collections Online. I love the ‘Protect New Zealand’ and the 3% interest bonds poster. If only people had the opportunity to do so today and at that sky-high interest rate!

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