UNESCO Memory of the World
Auckland Museum's Documentary Heritage collections contains a number of nationally and internationally significant archives of manuscripts, books and photographic materials. Five of these are recognised on UNESCO Memory of the World registers, with one, the Sir Edmund Hillary Collection, acknowledged with world heritage status and listed on the International Memory of the World register. These collections are profiled below.
The New Zealand Memory of the World programme is one of over 60 Memory of the World programmes worldwide. It was established in 2010 by the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. The International Memory of the World Register, administered by UNESCO, seeks to identify items of documentary heritage which have worldwide significance. They aim to bring the value and significance of documentary heritage to wider public notice, along with the work performed by libraries, archives and museums in preserving this valuable heritage.
The vision of the Memory of the World programme is that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance.