Natalie Looyer

I am a PhD candidate at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. My research focuses on the development of rock climbing in Aotearoa from 1960 to 2020. I have worked as an oral historian for the University of Canterbury, the Canterbury Regional Council, Engineering New Zealand, and several historical societies within the Canterbury region. I also hold a Master’s Degree in Classics, specialising in ancient Greek literature and sport within society. I have previously worked as a curatorial assistant for the Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the University of Canterbury, during which time I co-curated the permanent exhibition ‘Myth and Mortals: Life in Ancient Times’, which opened in 2020.