As part of Building One Library’s orientation initiative to welcome new and returning students to Unitec, we put together a display in front of the Building One Library to highlight the significance of the space that the Building One Library occupies.
Included in the display is information about what the library space once used to be and we also included work by Annie McIver. There is also a brief introduction to our staff at Building One Library and information about where research material for the display was sourced from and how to access this research from the library.
The Dining Hall and Kitchen, Carrington Asylum
Fig. 1 Ground Floor Plan, Auckland Lunatic Asylum as Erected, 1887
The Building One Library occupies a space that was once the dining and kitchen area of the Carrington Asylum, 1865-1992 (Fig 1). Apart from Floor plans, it was difficult to find any images of the kitchen and dining hall during the time that Building One was an Asylum. We then directed our attention to any writings about the experiences recollections, stories or writings of past patients’ of Carrington Asylum and we came across the work titled Derelict, 2010 by Annie McIver. (Fig. 2)
Fig 2. Derelict, white earthenware, brass base, glass dome, 35x18x18 cm, Annie McIver, 2010