WWI Centennial Exhibition Programme
|August 2016 – February 2017||Somme/Silk Road
An exhibition by Christchurch photo realist painter David Woodings of embroidery-styled painted silk cards, based on those crafted by women in France and Belgium during WWI. The exhibition traces the changing relationship with family of an unnamed soldier fighting on the Somme in 1916. Paintings of imaginary and real cards forwarded to his father, mother, sister and girlfriend illustrate place, time and sentiment during one of WWI’s bloodiest battles.
|17 December – November 2018||Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach
This exhibition takes the visitor away from the trenches and into the cook houses of the New Zealand Division during WWI. Today, New Zealanders are ‘passionate’ about food (including children). Tells the story of how and what the New Zealanders were fed as they marched and fought to final victory. We may even test the ‘skills’ of a celebrity chef who has to produce a ‘gourmet’ meal with some of the key ingredients of 1916.
Dates of future exhibitions are subject to change.
|March – September||Kiwis Underground
This photographic exhibition by Brett Killington explores the tunnels under Arras in France. Brett has worked closely with the French government to gain access to many of the quarries and tunnels not seen by the general public and his photographs reveal a subterranean ‘New Zealand’ in the form of street and place names, graffiti and objects left behind by the New Zealand tunnellers. The exhibition will be complemented by artefacts from our own collection.
|September – April 2018||24 Hours in Passchendaele
This photographic exhibition by Brett Killington records the Passchendaele landscape from the eye level of the soldier in the trenches in 1917. In his own words he states “Above ground the evidence of this war has all but disappeared. Years of effort have restored farm land and woods. Just documenting this landscape with a conventional camera can never convey what went on. I wanted my images to reflect the landscape that the New Zealand soldiers experienced and give a sense of 1917 and what the soldier saw from his shell hole”.
|July||Best in Show – animals on parade
This exhibition will explore the stories of animals in times of war, from pets and mascots of WWI through to the working dogs of the RNZAF Force Protection Unit and the Army’s Explosive Detection Dogs.
|TBA||Le Quesnoy – The Town New Zealand Saved
Based on the children’s book Le Quesnoy: The story of the town New Zealand saved by Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper and will tell the tale of the medieval walled town in northern France which was liberated by men of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade without a single civilian life being lost. The story and artwork of the book will be complemented by some stunning artefacts from the Museum’s collection including the celebrated Le Quesnoy banner.