In 2016 the Auckland Library Heritage Trust celebrated its 25-year anniversary.
Formed in 1991 as a charitable trust, it provides financial and other support to assist Auckland Libraries to preserve, care for, add to, and promote the Sir George Grey Special Collections for the benefit of the people of Auckland.
The Trust aims to make the Collections more accessible, as they tell us much about the heritage and history of the people of Auckland.
Over the last 25 years, the Trust has raised more than $1 million dollars to help Auckland Libraries with this important work, including support for a number of preservation, cataloguing and digitisation projects.
In 2013 the Trust established the annual Auckland Library Heritage Trust Research Scholarship. This scholarship encourages research based on material held in the collections. This year's scholarship went to Dr Aleisha Ward for her research into the Jazz Age in Auckland.
As part of their work the Trust have also created a set of four cards which feature exquisite rose prints from Mary Lawrance's 'A collection of roses from nature', held in Sir George Grey Special Collections. Proceeds from the sale of the cards go to further support of the collections. Click here to view and order your own cards.
The rose book is featured in the current exhibition, 'Old & New: recent additions to the Sir George Grey Special collections' on Level 2 of the Central Library – all summer until 28 February 2017.
Auckland Libraries values the ongoing support for our unique collections and looks forward to more collaboration in the years ahead.
You can find out more about the Auckland Library Heritage Trust here.
Image credit: : M.Lawrance… = Plate 70. In: Mary Lawrance. A collection of roses from nature. London: Miss Lawrance, 1799.