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Mad Men, Crown Lynn collectibles and mid-century design. In New Zealand, these years have been remembered in popular culture as a ‘golden age’ of God, Queen and Country, full employment, the baby boom, Sir Edmund Hillary and ‘Ladies, a plate!’ – as well as the birth of the teenager and the seedbed of later change. But what was life really like?
Bronwyn Labrum, author and Te Papa’s Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures, tells a vibrant and varied story of real life in this compelling era in her book; Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s.
In her talk Bronwyn will talk about the objects that evoke everyday life from that era and offer insight into the social, political and cultural history of postwar New Zealand.
Bring (or wear) your favourite item from the 1950’s or 1960s and it will be included in the discussion following the talk.
Registration required. Use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the office on (04) 381 7051.
Feature image: Autumn Splendour dinner set, 1963, Crown Lynn Potteries Ltd, Auckland, gift of Denis Phelps, 1999, Te Papa, GH009081/1-48. Photographed by Michael Hall