It is now easier to search for relative’s medals in the Museum’s Medal Repository thanks to the installation of a modern touch screen.
The Medal Repository which contains over 10,000 individual medals is one of the Museum’s most popular displays. A soldier’s medal group tells their story of service and are a highly emotive and personal part of many relative’s museum experience. Each medal represents the actions of an individual who answered the call to arms in times of war and peace.
The Museum’s new touch screen allows visitors to search for both individuals whose medals are on display but also under specific medal types depending on their interest. This allows the visitor to not only help identify the location of the medal/medal group within the repository, but also to give the visitor more details such as a soldier’s profile or a biography together with nominal roll information such as occupation, address and next of kin at the time of embarkation.
The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa serves as a national memorial to New Zealand’s military history and personnel, allowing families, descendents and the New Zealand public the opportunity to acknowledge and honour the sacrifices and acts of bravery of the extraordinary service men and women who have served their country. The Museum’s Medal Repository contains a comprehensive collection of medals awarded to service men and women of the New ZEaland military as well as some overseas and also contains a vast reference collection of medals available to New Zealanders past and present.