Posts tagged with History

Twentieth century history show – the view from the bridge

  • Team members on the bridge, excited to see construction underway.
  • Construction of the first part of the exhibition, including the Passchendaele memorial.
  • A huge mass of wires is installed under the floor.
  • Putting in a huge mass of wires under the floor.

Changes are underway at Te Papa. The build for the new history exhibition Slice of Heaven - Twentieth Century Aotearoa has started. In under one months time, on 2 October 2010, the exhibition will open to the public. The walls around the space have been up for a while but things are now really starting to take shape. Most of… Read more »

Queen’s service medal for font designer Joseph Churchward

Joseph Churchward sketching at his desk

The 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours list included Samoan-born font designer Joseph Churchward. Since the 1960s, Churchward has hand-created over 570 typefaces (fonts), the greatest number designed by any individual in the world. Click on the image to watch the video interview with Churchward on TVNZ: As a way of documenting Churchward’s work, in August 2008,… Read more »

Trees as war memorials

Eastbourne Anzac Memorial Tree

Not all war memorials are monumental or made from marble. While I was reading Ann Beaglehole’s Eastbourne: A History of the Eastern Bays of Wellington Harbour, I discovered details of trees planted by the community to remember World War One (WWI) and those who lost their lives. In July 1916 two pohutukawa trees were planted… Read more »

Back to the 20th Century

Hi, and welcome to Te Papa’s 20th Century History blog. Te Papa is currently working on a major new long-term exhibition focussed on New Zealand in the 20th century, scheduled to open in late 2009. This blog will let you know how the exhibition development is going, share experiences we’ve had putting it together, and… Read more »