A Stonemason’s Story – working on the Observatory Tower

Christchurch Heritage Festival 2022


Saturday 8 October

Time

11.00AM – 12.30PM

Venue: Exhibition Room, First Floor, Observatory Tower (Meet outside the Observatory Tower to be escorted upstairs)

FREE EVENT

Learn from one of the master stonemasons at The Arts Centre. Find out what it was like to have to deconstruct the remains of the ruined Observatory Tower – and the whole front wall of the Biological Laboratory building – before painstakingly building it back up again to look as good as new.

Find out the historic tools and techniques used by stonemasons today – the same tools as generations and centuries of stonemasons have used.

Have an opportunity to ask questions about the Oamaru stone, what it is like to work at heights, why the mason chose his profession, what it is like to work in all weathers, has the mason ever hammered a finger, and more!

Door entry will be available on the day for non-ticket holders, if space allows, but you will be asked to sign in. Some seating will be available. 

This event is supported by the Christchurch City Council Heritage Festival Community Grant. 

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Location map

Observatory, Biology and Physics,
Hereford Street

Market Square South Quad North Quad Registry Student Union The Gym Engineering Common Room Library Biology, Observatory and Physics Chemistry School of Art West Lecture Classics Rutherford's Den Clock Tower Boy's High Workshop Great Hall
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