WWI relics: Authors’ favourites from Holding on to Home revealed

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What is a relic of World War I? Is it a lemon squeezer hat, a fundraising tapestry, a knitting pattern or an Egyptian cigarette souvenired by a soldier?

Hat, Felt, Peaked Crown, Type 3, 1917, England. Vero & Everitt Ltd. Gift of J H Christie, 1965. Te Papa

Hat, Felt, Peaked Crown, Type 3, 1917, England. Vero & Everitt Ltd. Gift of J H Christie, 1965. Te Papa

This is a question at the heart of Holding on to Home which Te Papa Press launched last Thursday.

With more than 300 images, this new book broadens what we might think of as a war relic. You may have seen and read about some of them in yesterday’s Sunday Star Times magazine, including this miniature soldier doll hand-made from a chicken wishbone (below).

Soldier doll, 1916, New Zealand. Broad, Dorothy. Gift of the Abraham family in memory of Dorothy Broad, 2009. © Te Papa.

Soldier doll, 1916, New Zealand. Broad, Dorothy. Gift of the Abraham family in memory of Dorothy Broad, 2009. © Te Papa.

This link shows you almost all of the 85 Te Papa collection items that feature in Holding on to Home. (Remember that the book has 200+ illustrations from other collections too!)

On Friday I asked readers to select their favourites from this list. Now, you can check the brand new Te Papa Channel to see the authors’ favourites.

Kate Hunter and myself came up with 11 between us – we agreed on about half of these. Let us know what you think of our selection – is it strange, predictable, or inspiring? And we still want to know yours’ as well.

 

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