Written for children, by children, Te Papa’s Learning Innovation and Art teams are very excited to share the first book produced by our friends from the Pukerua Bay School Museum.
This guide is full of great information relating to life in Europe in the 16th to 19th centuries – inspired by the taonga (treasures) on display in the European Splendour 1500-1800 exhibition in Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.
Some highlights from the guide
Did you know…
- William Hogarth’s work in the 18th century helped to originate the comic books we love today?
- that there were no such thing as selfies? You would need to ‘sit’ for a portrait in order to have a picture of yourself – or anyone else important to you. This is a picture of Mrs Humphrey Devereux, commissioned by her son John Greenwood.
- you could be arrested and fined just for wearing purple clothing?
- a whole language was spoken through fans?
- people living at this time were very interested in exotic objects and curiosities? This cabinet (in the exhibition) is adorned with shark skin!
Congratulations to Isaac, Paddy, and Megan (Isaac’s Mum) on this wonderful achievement.
We hope you’ll enjoy reading the book as much as we all did.