About the Discovery Wall

The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore images and stories of the history of the people and places of Christchurch. It is viewable on the ground floor of Tūranga, Central Library, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Discovery Wall showcases images and videos curated from the Christchurch City Libraries Digital Heritage collection and appropriate material from other institutions. Content has been contributed by the city’s past and present residents and visitors.

We invite you, your family and iwi, society or club to contribute your images and memories to be permanently preserved in the collection.

Please note that the Discovery Wall and this website may contain images of people who have since died.

Images presented on the Discovery Wall are also on this website.

Reuse and Reproduction

This material has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. Please contact Christchurch City Libraries if you have any questions relating to the use of this material. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

How do I know if something is in copyright?

Copyright in New Zealand is governed by the Copyright act 1994.

Digital New Zealand have a number of guides regarding reuse.

Check the very handy New Zealand copyright status of photographsflowchart when submitting photographs

What's this creative commons thing?

A creative commons license allows people to reuse in certain ways items that are in copyright. Each licence is explained at the Creative Commons site.

Creative Commons Kiwi is a short and fun animation video that explains the CC licenses. "Have you ever wondered how to download and share digital content legally? How do you let people know that you want them to reuse your own work? Creative Commons licences can help you do both. We'll show you how.”





Frequently asked questions.

Who can use the Discovery Wall?

The permanent Discovery Wall at Tūranga, Christchurch and the smaller, Mobile Discovery Wall can be used by anyone. Just walk up and start exploring our city’s rich history with your fingertips.

How can I contribute my images to the Discovery Wall?

You can upload right now from this site. Ask a librarian if you need help. Simply select CONTRIBUTE at the top of the page. You will then be asked to register an account with discoverywall.nz and agree to the Terms of Use.


Can I comment on Discovery Wall images?

Yes, you can add your comment to any image you see on the Discovery Wall or website. Use this space to comment on or provide more information about the specific image you are viewing. If you want to make a general comment about the Discovery Wall or website, please use our GUESTBOOK.


Will I see my images and comments right away on the Discovery Wall?

When you are visiting the Discovery Wall at Tūranga, your comments will be displayed briefly so you can see them and then they will fade away until they have been approved by the Discovery Wall team. All images and comments are moderated by the library to guard against objectionable or illegal content. Please be patient while we do this. Normally your comments will be in full view within 24 hours.


Contact the Discovery Wall

The Discovery Wall and this website is a service of Christchurch City Libraries and general contact can be made through our Contact Us page.


If you wish to contact us about a piece of content you can use "Report this media" link available on each page.