Way back in April 2012 we agreed to lend the Yale Centre of British Art a painting from our collection for their extravagant exhibition Edwardian Opulence: British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. The exhibition opened on 28 February 2013 and closes on 2 June 2013 so ifRead more

Back in August 2012 I alerted you to the glorious exhibition titled Angels & Aristocrats. The exhibition, curated by Mary Kisler, celebrates the rich variety of early European art collected by New Zealand’s public art galleries since the 19th century.  Te Papa is one of those institutions that lent paintingsRead more

It is a new year and I suspect you are not at work again just yet but happily enjoying the gorgeous sunny weather we have been having. Well… here in Wellington anyway! While you are still out and about can I remind you of some of the exhibitions that weRead more

Hardens Hand Grenade Fire Extinguisher. Photographer: Andrea Hearfield.Te Papa

A little while ago I told you about the return of the Masterton Museum collection to Aratoi, thereby honouring a 58 year-old agreement.  In that collection there were some really interesting items so I thought I would tell you about another one of them. It is a very pretty blueRead more

Ship's biscuit. Photographer: Robert Clendon.Te Papa

In any museum collection you will find items or entire collections that were lent at some point in the distant past, sometimes more than a hundred years ago.  It is always rewarding when a relationship is re-established with the owner and the items or collection can be returned to itsRead more