Sarah Gallagher is a heritage advisor with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga where she is responsible for maintaining and developing the Heritage List / Rārangi Kōrero in Otago / Southland. Sarah has a MA in Classics from University of Otago and a MLIS from Victoria University of Wellington.
Sarah’s side hustle running the Dunedin Flat Names Project cemented Sarah’s interest in the role of home and place as a focus of identity. This longitudal project records and researches the ephemeral names of student flats in Dunedin’s north end and saw Sarah received a New Zealand History Trust Award in 2009. This resulted in her book, Scarfie Flats of Dunedin, Imagination Press 2019, with Ian Chapman.
With over 20 years experience in the information sector working in the tertiary environment, in local government and the private sector, researching and writing about our places of cultural significance is a privilege.