The stories are now being told on the virtual pages of 'Our Health Journeys’ – an online museum.
“The idea was to link the past with the future, identifying parallels to the past, making connections, telling our stories, sharing our science and celebrating trailblazing people.”
The Trust’s first project was ‘Brave Hearts – the New Zealand Cardiac Story,’ a mobile interactive exhibition.
They then began work to create what they initially thought would be a bricks and mortar medical museum.
When the pandemic arrived the Trust realised there were huge possibilities in creating a virtual museum, making exhibits available to visitors from across the country, even from around the world.
“It's a jumping off place for further discovery" says Dale. "It might be a young person’s first experience of medical heritage and we want to encourage them to do a much more deep-dive.”
There are a series of stories that link Covid-19 to New Zealand’s experiences during the Spanish Flu epidemic a century ago.