With his recently published “A History of New Zealand in 100 objects” (Published by Penguin, Auckland, 2022) Jock Phillips creates powerful stories about exhibits in museums, including 24 objects held by Te Papa.
This will be an opportunity to hear some of those stories and the work behind this major book from this prominent historian, who established the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, helped found the online Encyclopedia Te Ara and create Te Papa’s opening history exhibitions.
The introduction to ‘100 Objects’ reflects on growing up with the belief that New Zealand had no real history. It was a ‘young country’ and important events happened in older civilisations. The objects and their stories show how far understanding of the richness of New Zealand / Aotearoa’s history has advanced since the 1960s.
The chosen objects highlight moving personal stories ranging from the tragic to the mysterious, which also illuminate the major themes of this country’s history
Tickets: Includes a glass of wine on arrival and free parking.
Feature image: Detail from: Tīvaevae ta’ōrei (patch work quilt), circa 1900, Cook Islands, maker unknown. Purchased 2007. Te Papa (FE011982)