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The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War. Located in the historic Dominion Museum Building, within the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, The Great War Exhibition is a national legacy project. Opened in April 2015 it takes a wide and chronological look at the Great War – at all forces and countries involved. The artefacts, ranging from a full-size tank to tiny figurines engaged in trench warfare, depict the trials and horrors of war. The lives and experiences of New Zealanders who served and lived during that time highlight the bravery and enduring spirit which helped shape who we are as a people and what it means to be a New Zealander.
Recently opened on February 23 Women’s War is the latest temporary exhibition to tell some of the lesser known stories of the First World War. A short audio-visual show and display of war-era women’s clothing, Women’s War examines the different types of experiences women at home and further afield faced during the First World War. Women’s attitudes toward the conflict were as diverse as their experiences, and giving voice to their thoughts makes it clear that they did not always agree.
The Great War Exhibition is run by the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust. The Trustees are Hon. Fran Wilde (Chair), Sir Peter Jackson, Lt. Gen. (ret) Rhys Jones, Bryce Barnett and Richard Austin.
Includes tour and refreshments