Posts written by Kirstie Ross

Out with the old … Conservation changes in Enriching Fashion

  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelight gallery. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelights gallery. Photogrpah by Kirstie Ross

Yesterday seven items were taken out of the cases in Te Papa’s exhibition: Enriching Fashion: an eye for detail on level 4. In the photograph below a jaunty two-piece playsuit from the 1960s is removed from a case and replaced with a one-piece bathing suit that is almost a hundred years old. For some reason… Read more »

Historic holiday snaps

  • B.021001 View inland from Kapakapanui showing burnt stumps: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.021003 Woman tramper in teh bush: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.021005 Woman tramper: 'Ascent of Kapakapanui' 1-2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa
  • B.020846 Early views Tararuas, 2 March 1930. Photographer Leslie Adkin. Te Papa

Some of my favourite social history images in Te Papa’s photography collection are of trampers taken by Leslie Adkin (1888-1964).  A man of many talents and interests, Adkin was a founding member of the Levin-Waiohepu Tramping Club, which was established in the 1920s.  This was one of the first tramping clubs to be formed in New… Read more »

Advent adventures

Christmas cake decoration, about 1950. Gift of Annette Baier. GH4855-27. Te Papa

I’ve enjoyed searching through Te Papa’s collections to find items related to Christmas for this year’s advent calendar. Advent calendars developed from a 19th century German Lutheran tradition of counting down the 24 days before Christmas. An advent calendar has 24 doors that you open each day from 1 December to Christmas Eve to reveal… Read more »

Curious curios – all is revealed

  • Astroturf roof of Homegrown. Photographer Kirstie Ross
  • Mystery item 4, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa
  • Mystery item 4, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa
  • Mystery item 5, 1900s, GH002794, Te Papa

Yesterday I posted three mysterious objects from Te Papa’s history collections on the blog. The answers are below. But here’s another item to think about.  If you’re visiting Te Papa, you’ll see other curious curios in the area covered with astroturf in Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa – an exhibiton about New Zealand last century…. Read more »