Wellington Heritage Week Public Talk – Profiteering, Patriotism and Peril in the Great War

Profiteering, Patriotism & Peril: lesser known stories of the Great War

Join us at the Great War Exhibition at 6:30pm on Thursday 25 October to hear three talks on the lesser-known New Zealand experiences of the First World War.

Presented by staff and volunteers of the Great War Exhibition, talks will include tales of fanatical patriotism that gripped New Zealand from the outset of war, thrilling tales of the medieval walls of Les Quesnoy, and the stories of those who used the tragedy of war as a way to grow their personal fortune.

Held as part of Wellington Heritage Week 2018, with support from the Museum and Heritage Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington, this event is free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book here to attend.

The first talk commences at 6.30pm. You can read more about these talks and Wellington Heritage Week in this article by Stuff or you can visit the Wellington Heritage Week website. To take part in out free Heritage Week Pukeahu Historic Tours, see below.

Wellington Heritage Week Public Talks at The Great War Exhibition
Victoria University students and volunteers Ashley Tvrdeic, left, and Kate Gallaher at the Great War Exhibition ahead of Wellington Heritage Week.

Free Pukeahu Heritage Tours – also available during Wellington Heritage Week

Join our free Pukeahu Heritage Tours. Knowledgeable tour guides from The Great War Exhibition will take you on a journey through layers of fascinating history at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Understand the history at Pukeahu, Mt Cook, in the heart of the city and how it was transformed from a site of Maori occupation, to a military barracks, and now a site of national remembrance.

Pukeahu Historic Tours are free – Receive a complimentary $10 Guided Tour Voucher of The Great War Exhibition to use on the day. ($15 admission into the exhibition still applies).

Tours depart at 11.00am daily 22nd – 28th  October.  Or timing by arrangement for group of 10+. Tour lasts 50 minutes. Bookings are essential. Please book online or contact our friendly staff by emailing info@greatwarexhibition.nz

The Great War Exhibition Wellington Heritage Week Free Public Talks on Profiteering, Patriotism and Peril: lesser known stories of the Great War
Victoria University student and volunteers Ashley Tvrdeic and Kate Gallaher  and Exhibition staff give a free public talk at the Great War Exhibition for Wellington Heritage Week. Photo by Stuff.

Wellington Heritage Week

Wellington Heritage Week 2018, 22nd – 28th October, explores Wellington’s people, places and stories through torus, exhibitions, open properties, films, and discussions. Over 20 events throughout the city and region, suitable for all interests and ages.

Sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust, and Wellington Community Trust. Visit wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz for more information.