Canterbury poet’s letters added to NZ heritage collection
A collection of artworks, personal papers and more than 1200 letters written to poet and artist Ursula Bethell have been inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World New Zealand documentary heritage register. Ursula Bethell was a Canterbury poet and painter, and her letters, manuscripts, and paintings are held in the Macmillan Brown Library. The register highlights significant documentary heritage as a way of demonstrating the importance of preserving and providing access to all documentary heritage. This collection is the sole item added to a UNESCO heritage register this year.
The Library has digitised 75 paintings by Bethell, and photographs of her, which can be viewed via Kā Kohika.