Welcome to my website. It contains posts about art, history and heritage from a New Zealander’s perspective, as well as some family history and a selection of photos, mostly from my travels.

PHOTO USE: Most of the photos on my website were taken by me. If they weren’t, I have attributed them to the source I got them from. If they have no attribution, then I took them.* If you wish to use them that is acceptable, provided you credit me (Vivienne Morrell) as the photographer and my website as the source – and no commercial use or changing of the images please. You are welcome to contact me using the form below if you have a specific request. (* This does not apply to historical family photos, which although in my collection, I probably did not take – please ask if you wish to use one of those.)

I live in Wellington, New Zealand. I have a Master of Arts in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington. For my MA I studied some popular illustrated travel books from the late 18th and early 19th centuries to see how they depicted people from the Pacific. An article based on my MA was published in the annual Turnbull Library Record and you can also read a copy on this site (see Exotic depictions). Two other posts also use MA material: Images of Pacific peoples… and Representations of the Continents.

For three years I undertook historical research for Heritage New Zealand (formerly New Zealand Historic Places Trust) on various buildings in central New Zealand and wrote reports on them (see the post on Heritage Research). I am a visitor tour guide at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa; and also at one of Wellington’s premier historic buildings, Old St Paul’s Church. I’m also a committee member of the local heritage group, Historic Places Wellington.

From 2015 to 2017 I taught an evening class at Wellington High School Community Education – called ‘City Stories: Wellington’s Architectural Heritage’.  In 2017 and 2018 I also led five ‘secret art walks’ for U3A groups to look at art inside foyers of Wellington buildings.

You can contact me by using the form below.


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