What began as a collection of photos of signs has turned into an examination of an element of student culture, a chunk of Dunedin’s visual social history.
I’m working on a book to record, preserve and commemorate the sometimes ephemeral, sometimes enduring, phenomenon of the named student flat in Dunedin and I’m grateful to be the recipient of a New Zealand History Research Trust award which is being used to help fund the research required for writing a book about the Dunedin Flat Names Project.
Every flat name has a story, you can be part of the project by sharing your story, or help fill in missing details. I’m interested to hear about:
- the names of flats
- how they got their name
- if there were signs, what they were made of
- who lived in the flat and what subjects did you study
- when you lived in the flat
- what were the important issues at the time you were studying