Alison Breese


Alison is a Heritage Assessment Advisor for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and historian for the company Museograph. She has had over 20 years’ experience in archives and research and recently completed the first digital Masters of History at University of Otago in 2020. She has held the portfolio for website and social media on the National Council of Archives and Records Association of NZ and she is a proponent of the OpenGLAM network. She is currently the Coordinator of the Ōtepoti Dunedin Heritage Festival for 2023.

Known as the “Loo Lady”, Alison’s specialist topic is Dunedin underground toilet history and is invited to speak regularly across the country on the topic. You can check out her work at and


‘Public Conveniences, Plagues and Pandemics – A Dunedin Case Study’, New Zealand Journal of Public History, 9, April 2023.

‘Facilitating Change: The challenge of telling the stories of our past through technology’, Archifacts, December 2022.

‘What Lies Beneath – A History of Dunedin Underground Conveniences 1910-1929’, Back Story – Journal of Art, Media & Design History, Issue 9, July 2021.

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  • Archiving
  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Editing
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Heritage trail preparation
  • Multimedia
  • Photographic research
  • Policy advice
  • Project management
  • Proof-reading
  • Property searches
  • Public speaking
  • Publicity
  • Records management
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Architecture
  • Government administration
  • Heritage
  • Housing
  • Industrial
  • Local
  • Regional