Conference and Events Hall
The Conference and Events (C&E) Hall is part of the Museum’s 6,500m² extension, completed in December 2012. Ultimately, this massive space will become a brand new display hall, but in the interim, it has been used for a number of earthquake recovery-related purposes, in the wake of the 2010/2011 Canterbury quakes.
In partnership with Vbase, a large part of the building is currently being used as a temporary conference space pending the construction of a new central city convention centre which is planned to be completed in 2019. In addition, until December 2015, it was used partly for storage and working space by heritage organisations whose collections were displaced following the Canterbury earthquakes (Canterbury Cultural Collections Recovery Centre ). The space which the Recovery Centre previously occupied is now home to our Reserve Collection, which can be accessed via our free Behind the Scenes tours.
Until we take full occupation of the C&E Hall, the display space is limited to the front window, where currently the Oxford, Airtrainer and Aermacchi take pride of place. There is also an Aermacchi cockpit interactive which is popular with kids and adults alike.
For information on hiring the C&E Hall for a function or event, click here.
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The Reserve Collection space, accessible on our free guided tours, is where you will encounter our aircraft, vehicles and engines currently in storage.
The Conference and Events (C&E) Hall offers a blank canvas for trade exhibitions, conferences, gala dinners and functions and can be configured to meet your event requirements.