WWI Centre

Rannerdale World War One Commemorative Centre

WW1 CentreThe story of Canterbury’s WWI Veterans is sensitively and skilfully told at the new Rannerdale World War One Commemorative Centre in Christchurch. This permanent exhibition and resource centre is situated on site at Rannerdale Veterans’ Care, and features sound and film archives, together with a comprehensive library of WWI books.

“We’re particularly proud to have 100 year old magazines about the war available for the public to access – this is such a unique opportunity that we can provide for the community” says Steve Shamy, Director of Rannerdale Veterans’ Care.

The Centre provides information and objects about the experience of Cantabrians in WWI, and how Rannerdale cared for the Veterans on their return. It also encourages people to talk about the differences and similarities between Veterans today and Veterans a century ago. “People come to the Centre for many reasons. For research and school projects, to understand more of their family history, or just to read and reflect” says Steve Shamy.

The Centre is free for individuals to visit, however donations to support the centre are welcomed. There is a small koha requested of $3 per person for organised tours.

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