Posts categorized as History

Berry Boys: Introducing the ‘Berry Girls’

The ‘Berry Boys’ began as an internal nickname for the men depicted in Te Papa’s collection of soldier portraits by the Wellington photography studio Berry & Co. Amongst the soldiers, however, are some anomalies.  Flicking through the collection on mass, something about a couple of soldier portraits demanded a closer inspection. The body shape, the  face, the hair… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 9

Powelliphanta Pine by Sally Spackman, 2012. World of WearableArt.

This week’s wearable is by Sally Spackman, a recent graduate from Massey University’s fashion design degree. Made from hundreds, if not thousands of coiled pine needles, the spiralled forms that make up Powelliphanta Pine are inspired by the beautiful shells of New Zealand’s powelliphanta snails – the ‘giants of the snail world’.  Powelliphanta snails, of which… Read more »

Time spent at Gallipoli

  • Sunset looking out from Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013
  • Anzac Cove, looking towards the hills. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013
  • A partial skull near one of the trenches, probably uncovered by recent rains. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, Te Papa 2013
  • Bone poking out of the ground near Chunuk Bair, probably uncovered by recent heavy rain. It was covered up again by our party. Photograph by Puawai Cairns, copyright Te Papa 2013

It is an unusual thing as any researcher can tell, to feel you know a place with great familiarity through in-depth reading and research but when visiting that place for real, find that no amount of reading will ever compensate for actually standing there in person. That’s the reaction I had on visiting Gallipoli a… Read more »

Visiting curator: Wendy Kaplan from LACMA

Wendy Kaplan is Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Wendy is a leading expert on late 19th to mid 20th-century design, and one of the co-curators of California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, which was recently on display at Auckland Art Gallery… Read more »

The Berry Boys – help us identify our unknown soldiers and their families

Last night was a great night for us as Pete Cronshaw of  TV One’s Sunday programme dedicated a full half hour to Te Papa’s ‘Berry Boys’ identification project.  If you missed the programme, or would like to view it again you can watch it here online. As Pete Cronshaw explained, Te Papa’s History Team have been working on identifying the sitters… Read more »

Wearable of the Week # 5

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Wellington has moved into full WOW® mode this week, and Te Papa is in the midst of the whirlwind. Yesterday morning we welcomed 50 international WOW® designers onto Te Papa’s marae, and hosted 250 designers, would-be entrants, fans and creatives at a Design Forum in the afternoon. Lynn Christiansen, the creator of this week’s spikey ‘wearable’, was the afternoon’s… Read more »

An evening with Lorraine Downes

Lorraine Downes is the subject of Our Miss Universe, a new showcase at Te Papa which features her iconic Miss Universe gown, crown, sash and trophy, all of which she recently gifted to Te Papa. On Tuesday 24 September from 6pm–7.30pm, New Zealand’s most famous beauty queen will present an illustrated talk at Te Papa in conjunction with… Read more »