Centre for New Zealand Studies


The Centre for New Zealand Studies, at Birkbeck, University of London, formally opened on 6 February 2007. This is the first Centre in the world, outside of New Zealand, that is solely for New Zealand Studies. As a resource and research centre in central London it acts as a hub for the fast developing community of New Zealand Studies academics in the Northern hemisphere. In particular, it is committed to promoting New Zealand Studies at UK and European universities. For academics from New Zealand, the Centre acts as a destination and portal; a base offering support for visitors during research trips. There are many New Zealand academic and non-academic communities in the UK and Europe and the Centre will provide a base and support for the various associations. In this context, the Centre has united with the New Zealand Studies Association to continue the successful annual conferences.

The Centre facilitates connections between academics, establishes forums for the exchange and dissemination of information and research, and creates avenues and opportunities for publication. It runs a series of fortnightly seminars and film screenings. Click here for the current programme.

Resources held by the Centre include

        The remainder of the library from the New Zealand Embassy in Paris. The New Zealand High Commission has also donated a large part of its library formally held within its Information Centre.

        Significant collections of post-war and contemporary New Zealand journals and magazines.

        A 40 year run of New Zealand News UK.

        A collection (on videotape and disk) of approximately 350 New Zealand feature films and documentaries, and 80+ short films.

        A vast collection of New Zealand film posters, pressbooks, film stills, and lobby cards, produced for both local and overseas markets, totalling more

than 1200 individual items.

        A unique collection of late Victorian/ Edwardian visual culture including 1000+ postcards depicting the Maori, 2000+ New Zealand related magic lantern slides, 600+ stereoviews, 200+ New Zealand nineteenth century prints.

        A unique collection of pre-war tourist brochures and travel guides.

        A large collection of New Zealand posters (for tourism, propaganda, and cultural events).

 This collection continues to grow, with many material donations from private sources arriving on a regular basis. If you have anything - letters, documents, books, journals, visual and material culture - that you think should be archived and that will be of value to anyone researching New Zealand please do not hesitate to contact Ian Conrich, Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies,  ian@ianconrich.co.uk.

Please also use this email to forward any enquiries regarding the Centre. Proposals for PhD research on New Zealand subjects are encouraged and should be addressed to ian@ianconrich.co.uk.