Karen Astwood
About Me:

I gained my Master of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington in 2008, joining PHANZA that same year.

I then primarily worked as a contract historian for Heritage New Zealand, and in 2010 I started part-time work as the IPENZ Heritage Advisor. Other projects I have been involved with include developing some of the stories for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage's Roadside Stories ( In mid-2016 I started full-time work as a Heritage Advisor for Heritage New Zealand.

I joined the PHANZA Committee in 2011 and am continuing on the Committee for 2016-17 in the Secretary role.

Late 19th New Zealand museum collections, built heritage, engineering heritage
Publications and Research:

Conference papers:

'Learning from Experience: Three Case Studies of New Zealand Natural Disasters and Engineers’ Responses, 1878–1953', at the 4th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, 24-25 November 2014.

'“The engineer with imagination”: The relationship between engineers and architecture in 1950s New Zealand,' "Everything tastes better with cream": New Zealand architecture in the 1950s, Victoria University of Wellington conference, 4 December 2015.

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