Visitors to Corrections' National Office can take a walk back through time in the new Heritage Centre.

As well as telling the story of corrections in New Zealand, the centre looks at Corrections today, with multi-media displays showcasing our modern facilities and Corrections’ focus on reducing re-offending.

Visitors can enter a replica cell and imagine what it was like living in such cramped conditions. Other exhibits include intriguing contraband finds, makeshift tattooing equipment, a display of uniforms through the decades and an early register from Invercargill Gaol recording the execution by hanging of James Walsh in 1879 for the wilful murder of his wife.

A special exhibit looks at Corrections’ involvement in World War One. This exhibit will be on display for a year as part of the commemorations around the hundred year anniversary of World War One.

Visitors are welcome to take a look around the Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre is next to Reception on the ground floor of Mayfair House, 44-52 The Terrace, Wellington. Open Monday – Friday, 7.30am to 5.00pm.

Department of Corrections Heritage Centre