The challenge facing Kate Hunter and Kirstie Ross when researching and writing their book, Holding on to Home, was how to provide a new perspective on the Great War. They chose to focus, not on soldiers’ letters and diaries, but on everyday items from the war and on the stories surrounding them.
In this session, Kate and Kirstie tell us about the approach taken in the book – their reasons for choosing it and the advantages it brought. They also talk about some of the treasures within its covers – sourced not only from Te Papa collections, but from museums, libraries and archives around the country.
The Friends are delighted to support Te Papa’s publication of this significant new work, Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects from the First World War, as part of our ongoing programme of fundraising and gifting for the museum.
Te Papa Press are offering Friends a special pre-publication offer in recognition of our support for the project. You can buy a copy at the event and find out more about the book and the offer here.
Registration for the event required. To register, use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the office on (04) 381 7051.
Feature image: Detail from: Sari Bai and Flanders Fields bells, Wellington Carillion, photographed 2013
(‘Flanders Fields’ was dedicated to the brother of writer Katherine Mansfield and paid for by their parents.)