Earlier this month The National Army Museum hosted a dinner with the Deputy Chief of Army Brigadier Chris Parsons for Army General Staff from Wellington. The evening was one of many activities held for participants during a week-long team building exercise in Waiouru, the heart of the New Zealand Army.
Guests were served a three-course dinner held in the Kippenberger Pavilion, and were given a taste of army life with their meal presented in traditional mess tins. The large group was divided into five platoons with titles inspired by local Māori place names, familiarising our visitors with areas of significance in the surrounding Waiouru landscape.
Between courses, the five platoons were invited to attend curator talks held in various areas throughout the Museum’s galleries. Touring around the presentations on show, guests gained an insiders look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the Museum. Curators from our Heraldry, Archives, Social History and Accoutrements, Textiles and Armoury collections gave guests the chance to view some of our most rare and curious taonga up close. The array of artefacts on display ranged from crafts created by soldiers while in convalescence to the personal firearms of revered military figures such as General Freyberg. Each talk provided an opportunity for curators to share their knowledge of the collection, not only about the artefacts themselves but the processes by which we receive them and how they are stored and conserved once here.
The dinner proved to be a great success in offering representatives from Army General Staff a glimpse into our extensive collection here at the National Army Museum, the spiritual home of the New Zealand Army.