Posts categorized as History

Royal highlights: A portrait of Queen Mary

Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Mary, 1938. Elwes, Simon. Gift of the Women of New Zealand, 1939. Te Papa

  With the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to New Zealand, it’s the perfect moment to ask what some of Te Papa’s treasures tell us about our feelings towards royalty.  Lorde’s critical and irreverent take on the ‘Royals’ of her mega-hit song runs counter to the overwhelming royalty loyalty of our past… Read more »

The ‘Berry Boys’ WWI soldier identification project: the story so far

The Berry Boys soldier identification project has progressed leaps and bounds since 2008, when a group of portraits of unidentified World War I soldiers first featured on Te Papa’s website to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. Getting the ball rolling We were able to inaugurate the detective work required to… Read more »

Teacher Professional Development: Visual Culture and Visual Arts in ECE

  • Inside the painting, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni
  • Art responses, Photographer: Te Papa and Lisa Terreni, © Te Papa and Lisa Terreni

Art galleries are a great resource for young learners, but often teachers can feel quite daunted at the prospect of visiting them! One of our goals in Te Papa Education is to build teacher knowledge, skill, and confidence in engaging and responding to art with young children, and so, on Saturday 1st March, we held our first… Read more »

Hugh Pollen (1851-1912) – the ultimate faceless bureaucrat?

Hugh Pollen was the influential head of New Zealand’s largest government department for 20 years – but what did he look like? Hugh was the son of medical doctor, civil servant and politician Daniel Pollen (1813-96), who was briefly (1875-76) Premier of New Zealand – i.e. the pre-1907 equivalent of Prime Minister. Hugh entered public… Read more »

For Valentine’s Day, a 1913 love story

Leslie Adkin, 1913. A return performance.  Photographic print from album AL.000132.  Gift of Derek Noble, 1997. Te Papa

This summer, we ran a pilot project to transcribe the diaries of George Leslie Adkin, and put them online. Adkin wrote in his diary every day, and his 1913 diaries detail his courtship of Maud Herd, whom he later married. Adkin was also a talented photographer, and took many photographs of Maud, and of them both together…. Read more »

Premier Preschool celebrate Hairy Maclary’s 30th anniversary at StoryPlace

  • Hairy Maclary Hunt; Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Vet Nurse, Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool
  • Preparing the cats for the show; Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool
  • Meeting the dogs; Photographer: Premier Preschool, © Premier Preschool

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? This story comes from Marian Ayres Hill, Owner/Director/Teacher… Read more »

Our string puppet shows, performed in November by professional puppeteer Anna Bailey, were such a success that we have decided to make Early Years events  a priority! On the 17th of January, and the 4th of February, many young visitors and their caregivers “trotted on down passed the shops and the park to the far end of… Read more »

If Hairy Maclary came to Te Papa, what do you think he would see and do?

Hairy Maclary contribitions, Photograph: Te Papa, © Te Papa

This was the very question visitors taking part in our Hairy Maclary: A Kiwi Treasure | He taonga a Hairy Maclary programme asked themselves…and boy, did they have heaps of great ideas for our story! Here are some of the individual responses: It was great to see that the ‘big kids’ had ideas too. My favourite is from… Read more »

Te Papa is presenting an evening debate on water on 30 January in its 10-year series of Treaty Debates. This will be a provocative discussion which identifies the major issues in managing our freshwater resources and how these can be resolved.   A panel of speakers brings together a range of expertise and experience: Jacinta Ruru,… Read more »