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Auckland Museum
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9 days ago

After Armistice: dealing with the effects of war

The Team from Auckland Museum

As we commemorate the 101st Armistice Day, it's timely that we reflect on the aftermath of the First World War; not only the massive scale of loss, but also the ongoing suffering experienced by those who returned from the first industrialised war.

Arriving in back in Wellington, Colonel Evans… View more
As we commemorate the 101st Armistice Day, it's timely that we reflect on the aftermath of the First World War; not only the massive scale of loss, but also the ongoing suffering experienced by those who returned from the first industrialised war.

Arriving in back in Wellington, Colonel Evans pointedly reminded the soldiers of those left behind: “Remember,” he said, “When you go ashore you are not heroes. The heroes lie in France”. Having lost their comrades in the thousands, the soldiers hardly needed to be reminded of their 'luck' in making it through. Yet for those who survived, the physical and mental toll of the war was immense and for many unspeakable. Each service person confronted the psychological and emotional impact of a war unprecedented in its violence in their own personal way.

One soldier who suffered through his war service was Private Ivor Norman (Norm) Fleet 31249. A bushman who enlisted in Taumarunui, Fleet fought with the Wellington Infantry Regiment and received gunshot wounds to both legs during a clean-up operation at Bellevue Spur on 22 October 1917. His right leg was later amputated and he eventually returned to New Zealand where simply carried on with his life, marrying Elsie Petley in 1928, building his own house and forging a long and productive career. Norm rarely spoke of the war and relatives only recall seeing him in tears as his nephews left for the Second World War; a small clue to the pain that returned servicemen held inside. Like Norm, millions suffered silently in the aftermath. Today we honour their service and acknowledge the immeasurable suffering that came from it.

Lest we forget.

Find out more about Armistice Day and the Museum's collections here. www.aucklandmuseum.com...

14 days ago

Armistice Day memorial service

The Team from Auckland Museum

This month, join us in our World War One Sanctuary to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

On Sunday 10 November at 1.30pm and 2.30pm, Auckland Girls' Choir will perform in commemoration of the men and women who served and the sacrifices that were made in the two world wars and… View more
This month, join us in our World War One Sanctuary to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day.

On Sunday 10 November at 1.30pm and 2.30pm, Auckland Girls' Choir will perform in commemoration of the men and women who served and the sacrifices that were made in the two world wars and later conflicts.

The following day at 11am, Monday 11 November, the Armistice Day memorial service will be held to remember all those who served and those who have given their lives in military service.

This date also commemorates the signing of the WWI armistice and offers a chance to reflect on the sacrifices that were made in the hope of securing lasting peace.
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22 days ago

Have your say about your Museum!

The Team from Auckland Museum

Aucklanders, do you want to help your Museum become even better?

We’re seeking feedback from the community on our Draft Annual Plan for 2020/2021. We want to know what’s important to you when it comes to your Museum.

If you can spare a few minutes, please visit the link below to rank our … View more
Aucklanders, do you want to help your Museum become even better?

We’re seeking feedback from the community on our Draft Annual Plan for 2020/2021. We want to know what’s important to you when it comes to your Museum.

If you can spare a few minutes, please visit the link below to rank our priorities and have your say. Submissions close 5pm 25 November 2019.

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27 days ago

Free family events at the Viaduct this weekend!

The Team from Auckland Museum

This Labour Weekend, the Museum is coming to you at the Viaduct Harbour! As part of Tuia 250 commemorations, we’re offering a range of amazing, hands-on free experiences sure to delight the whole family, from Friday until Monday.

Ata Hira Museum on the Move: Voyage to Aotearoa, our pop-up … View more
This Labour Weekend, the Museum is coming to you at the Viaduct Harbour! As part of Tuia 250 commemorations, we’re offering a range of amazing, hands-on free experiences sure to delight the whole family, from Friday until Monday.

Ata Hira Museum on the Move: Voyage to Aotearoa, our pop-up museum, is a fun, interactive exhibition for kids that explores Tupaia’s life in Tahiti, on board the Endeavour and in his arrival to Aotearoa. Find out more here: www.aucklandmuseum.com...

We’ll also have Native Edible Gardens – Children’s Art Interactive, where kids can cut out their own edible/medicinal native flora from the selection of templates, puzzle them together, colour them in and add them to our Native Forest. There will be guest speakers at various times, offering talks plant taste tests. Find out more here: www.aucklandmuseum.com...

The Viaduct Harbour will be abuzz as the Tuia 250 waka flotilla arrives, with concerts, kai and plenty more happening. If you’re in Tāmaki Makaurau this weekend, make sure to come and check it out!

Many thanks to our Tahitian Community and Iwi partners for their contribution, participation and support of Ata Hira: Voyage to Aotearoa:

Rongowhakaata Iwi Trust
Ngati Hei
Ngā Uri o Tahuhunui o Rangi
Ngāti Oneone
Te Aitanga a Hauiti
Ngare Raumati
Te Ātiawa

We would like to acknowledge the on-going support of our Taumata-a-Iwi - Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Ngāti Paoa and Waikato-Tainui.

34 days ago

When bags move like ballerinas

The Team from Auckland Museum

Ballerinas twist, turn and move so gracefully that they often seem other-worldly, but would you ever compare a ballerina to a bag?

In our Carried Away: Bags Unpacked exhibition, artist Isaac Katzoff’s glass bag got itself a nickname of just that: the ballerina. The nickname was given after the … View more
Ballerinas twist, turn and move so gracefully that they often seem other-worldly, but would you ever compare a ballerina to a bag?

In our Carried Away: Bags Unpacked exhibition, artist Isaac Katzoff’s glass bag got itself a nickname of just that: the ballerina. The nickname was given after the bag hinted at graceful movement while it was under the spotlight in the photography studio - it's inner performer was at the ready.

Although the Museum holds many objet d’art (art objects), the beautiful photography and images of the collection are themselves works of art, as this image of Katzoff's bag here is. Museum photographers work behind the scenes to create images of objects that act as both documentation and art.

As Artweek Auckland comes to a close this weekend, we wanted to showcase just one of many of the wonderful objet d'art from within our Applied Arts & Design collection.

Come and see 'the ballerina' for yourself, alongside many other wonderful works of art at Carried Away: Bags Unpacked, on now and free with Museum entry.

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