This is the first in an ongoing series of blogs about New Zealand history. These blogs are going to focus on 20th century events and objects as well as topics in Te Papa’s history exhibition Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa. Following from the recent blog about the diarama in the exhibtionRead more

Revisiting World War II.

It’s just 2 weeks now since Slice of Heaven opened and the word from Te Papa’s hosts is that it’s “what New Zealanders have been waiting for!”  This is my first blog – ever. I was one of the team working behind the scenes to bring the stories from 20th CenturyRead more

Wednesday 15 September 2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first major campaign fought entirely by airforces.  Kiwi Air Vice-Marshal Sir Keith Park played an important role in the defence of London and south-east England.  A statue of Sir Keith was recently unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square inRead more