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Dean O’Gorman’s Nurses Featured in Media

Our previous blog post featured the work of Dean O'Gorman, a New Zealand actor and photographer, whose photographic exhibition Passchendaele — The Elusive Familiarity of War is currently at The Great War Exhibition. Dean feels very passionately about the First...More...

Dean O’Gorman – Nurses at Ypres

Dean O'Gorman's photographic exhibition, Passchendaele - The Elusive Familiarity of War, which is running until we close our doors on 2 December, received a new photo to commemorate the 101st anniversary of Passchendaele , 'New Zeland's darkest day'. There is...More...

Cecil Manson at Gallipoli – The End of The War?

How Gallipoli brought a British soldier to New Zealand Wairarapa Times Age reporter Steve Rendle interviewed Hugo Manson, one of our participants in The End of the War? and found out how his British father's experience at Gallipoli influenced him...More...

Tui Tararo talks about her Grandfather Frank Tararo

End of The War in Cook Strait News

The End of the War?, our new audiovisual show, is an emotionally moving experience. Hearing New Zealanders talk about the effect of the First World War on their families through the generations can bring  a tear to your eye. Many of the...More...

Chatting with Dave Clearwater – General Manager

Dave Clearwater - General Manager In August, Annabella Gamboni of The Regional News chatted with Dave Clearwater, our General Manager, about his time in Wellington, what he loves about The Great War Exhibition and the hugely-successful Quinn's Post Trench Experience....More...

First World War Descendants -The End of the War?

The End of the War?

The End of the War? our new exhibition, created by Story Inc. and Dusk, shows the effect of the First World War on New Zealanders, and features interviews with descendants of people who had a variety of roles in the...More...

Great War Exhibition Closes 2 December 2018

The Great War Exhibition will now close to the public at 6pm on 2 December 2018 You may have seen the recent media coverage  about our closure. The Great War Exhibition was always intended to be open for the duration of...More...

Media Coverage of End of the War?

Our new exhibition End of the War? - the final episode in Chapters of the Great War - opened on Thursday to acclaim from local and national media outlets. Stuff reporter Amber Woolfe talked to Ashley Mackenzie-White who is the great grandniece...More...

The End of the War? Opens Today

The End of the War? our new audio-visual exhibition showcasing the effect of the First World War on New Zealanders opened today. This final episode in Chapters of the Great War - created by Story Inc and Dusk - was conceived as an inter-generational conversation...More...

The Trench – NZ Army News

The Army News featured an article about our new The Quinn's Post Trench Experience,  after editor Judith Martin visited The Great War Exhibition for a taste of Gallipoli. Here is what Judith says about The Trench, "The whiff of death,...More...

USA Embassy & Jack Rogo – Pearl Harbour

The American Embassy invite you to hear Jack Rogo speak at the Great War Exhibition on June 5th, from 6-7pm. On the morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Jack Rogo, a 19 year old Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class, working...More...

Anne Frank Let Me Be Myself is Open

Anne Frank – Let Me Be Myself, the life story of Anne Frank, opened last night and will be showing until  July 2018. Run by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, this new exhibition and its accompanying educational programme aims to inform young people...More...

Behind The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience

Dan King, the project manager and art director behind The Quinn's Post Trench Experience, spent 18 months on the job, ensuring The Trench was as authentic as possible, so visitors are able to experience what it was like to be...More...

Opening – Sir Peter Jackson’s Quinn’s Post Trench Experience

The Quinn's Post Trench Experience officially opened in mid April and we've been swept off our feet with visitors keen to experience the sights, sounds and noises of the trenches in Gallipoli (courtesy of Sir Peter Jackson and his creative...More...

Open 6:30am on ANZAC Day in Wellington

This ANZAC Day in Wellington, The Great War Exhibition will open at 6:30 a.m. to welcome visitors who have attended the 6 a.m. memorial service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, next door. A full list of ANZAC memorial services...More...

TV3, DomPost and NZ Herald in The Trench

The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience (a.k.a The Trench) opened on 14 April. A world-first sensory experience created by Sir Peter Jackson's team, The Trench gives us a glimpse of wartime life. Visitors have been flooding through the door to experience...More...

Driving First World War Ambulances

Deborah Pitts Taylor was ahead of her time. A woman who believed in female empowerment, she drove First World War ambulances in Brockenhurst, England, transporting convoys of wounded ANZAC soldiers to the hospital. Her granddaughter Dr. Janet Frater and great-granddaughter...More...

Women’s War – NZ Women’s Weekly, Cook Strait News & Regional News

This week's New Zealand Women's Weekly features a story about Susanna Montgomerie who is one of the co-editor's of Annie's War, which features extracts from the diary of Annie Montgomerie, Susanna's grandmother who traveled to London to be near her...More...

Women’s War was Annie’s War

Our new touring exhibition, Women's War, draws upon the experiences of New Zealand Women who lived through the First World War, responding to the war as workers, supportive family members, patriots, nurses, entertainers or pioneers. Annie Montgomerie had two sons,...More...

Women’s War on TVNZ, Stuff & Radio NZ

Women's War, our latest touring exhibition, opened last Friday and the response from national media has been positive. Television New Zealand summarises the content of the exhibition: "The Great War exhibition features clothing worn by the women of the era...More...

Dr Gusky – The Human Connection – Messages to the Future from WW1

The American Embassy are hosting an a talk by Dr. Jeff Gusky, open to the public, on Wednesday February 28th at 6pm at The Great War Exhibition. In 2014, National Geographic Photographer, Emergency Physician & Explorer, Dr. Jeff Gusky made...More...

Women’s War – Opening this Week

Our exciting new exhibition, Women's War, is opening this Friday, 23 February. Catch a glimpse into the lives of six different types of New Zealand women who were active in the First World War—patriotic, supportive family, nurses, entertainers, independent workers...More...

Spot The Bus and Win

You may have seen some of Wellington's buses sporting shiny new advertisements for The Great War Exhibition. Snap a picture of a Great War Exhibition bus and post it to our Facebook page, and you'll go in the draw to...More...

German Tapestry by Stephan Schenk on Display

 Flandern aus dem Zyklus Kreuzweg von Stephan Schenk. Geschenk von der deutschen Bundesregierung. Flanders from the Kreuzweg Cycle by Stephan Schenk. A gift from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The German government have donated a memorial tapestry...More...

1000th Last Post Ceremony Today

1000th Last Post Ceremony Tonight Our neighbours at the Pukeahu National War Memorial, will hold the 1000th Last Post ceremony today, at 5pm, Thursday 18 January 2018. To mark this occasion, the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Tim Keating and Minister...More...

Palestine Exploration Fund features War in the Holy Lands

Photographs from the Palestine Exploration Fund of London were used by Story Inc. and Dusk in creating our latest touring exhibition, War in the Holy Lands, which tells the story of New Zealanders serving in the Middle East in the First...More...

War in the Holy Lands – Cook Strait News

Our latest touring exhibition, War in the Holy Lands featured in the Cook Strait News in late December. Reporter Jamie Adams interviewed James McLean, one of the creators from Story Inc., who co-produced War in the Holy Lands and many of...More...

War in the Holy Lands featured in The Dominion Post

Our new touring exhibition, War in the Holy Lands, was featured in The Dominion Post over the weekend. War in the Holy Lands, open until late February 2018, follows the experiences of New Zealand soldiers who fought on horseback across the ancient Holy...More...

Deaf Students Enjoy Great War Exhibition

A Newlands College Deaf class recently enjoyed touring The Great War Exhibition and neighbouring Pukeahu National War Memorial Park with Andy Glanville, an education facilitator. Joy Howard, a New Zealand Sign Language Communicator, accompanied them, translating Andy's tour into sign...More...

War in the Holy Lands Opens

War in the Holy Lands, a dynamic audio-visual touring exhibition, opened today, with members of the public saying the exhibition was 'sobering' and 'thought-provoking'. War in the Holy Lands is open until late February 2018 and follows the experiences of New...More...

Lochnagar Crater Today Feature

Review: staged with filmic panache

Our Exhibition recently appeared in an article in Lochnagar Crater Today, a newsletter produced by the Friends of Lochnagar, who maintain the extraordinary crater at La Boisselle on the Western Front on the Somme. The article, From Little Towns in a...More...

Lest We Forget The Other – Opening

The recent opening of our temporary exhibition, Lest We Forget The Other,  was celebrated by the New Zealand Chinese and Indian Communities with dignitaries, politicians and leaders of both ethnic communities attending. The first of its kind, this temporary exhibition highlights...More...

RSL Australia President Robert Dick Visits

The Great War Exhibition is offering free admission for all RSA members in November 2018, in recognition for their service to our country. Click here for more information. President of the RSL (Returned and Services League) of Australia, Robert Dick,...More...

RSA Free Month

Following last year’s success, The Great War Exhibition is offering FREE admission for all RSA members in November 2018, in recognition for their service to our country. Sense the hardship, heroism and tragedy of World War I. The Great War...More...

Passchendaele Reunion 100 O’Malley Descendants

Emma Bradley organised a family reunion for over 100 relatives, all descendants of her grandfather who was wounded at Passchendaele in 1917. The reunion, held at The Great War Exhibition, was a chance for some of Paul O’Malley’s 11 children,...More...

Tauhara College Students Connect with First World War

When year nine students from Tauhara College recently visited the Great War Exhibition, the devastation of the First World War hit home, especially for those whose family members had served in the war.  The students were featured in this article...More...

Passchendaele Exhibition in the News

Camera and Bayonet feature in Passchendaele Exhibition Our new Passchendaele Exhibition, Passchendaele - New Zealand's Darkest Day, has been in the news again. Both the Cook Strait News and Independent Herald ran stories about Jack Gradwell loaning his great-grandfather's bayonet...More...

Pukeahu Historic Tours – Wellington City Heritage Week

The Great War Exhibition are thrilled to be hosting specialty tours during Wellington City Heritage Week (23rd – 29th  October). Fascinating Pukeahu historic tours Let our knowledgeable tour guides take you on a journey through layers of fascinating history at...More...

Horrors of Passchendaele on Stuff

Dominion Post reporters visited the opening of Passchendaele - New Zealand's Darkest Day, and described the latest in The Great War Exhibitions series of temporary exhibitions, as "encapsulating the horrors of Passchendaele." Horrors of Passchendaele Jessica Long reports online, on...More...

Family Connection

Recent articles in the Ashburton Guardian and Northern Observer (northern Canterbury ) highlight the family connections that visitors often find at The Great War Exhibition. The full text of the article is below these newspaper images. [caption id="attachment_1617" align="aligncenter" width="6698"]...More...

Darkest Day on Radio NZ Checkpoint

Today at the opening of our new Exhibition, Passchendaele – New Zealand’s Darkest Day, Radio New Zealand reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui  talked to Exhibition Manager Ian Wards about the Battle of Passchendaele. "The reality was Passchendaele was awful," Wards says,...More...

Passchendaele Exhibition – NZ Herald

The New Zealand Herald visited our temporary Passchendaele exhibition this morning, and captured the essence of the exhibition on video.  Camera man Matt Mitchell talks with Steve La Hood, Director Story Inc. who spearheaded the team of companies that created...More...

Preparing Passchendaele – New Zealand’s Darkest Day

It's all go, as the teams from Story Inc, Dusk and Toulouse, and sound engineer Jeremy Cullen, prepare our latest temporary exhibition Passchendaele - New Zealand's Darkest Day for our opening tomorrow morning. Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day is a powerful new temporary...More...

Virtual Reality Dissent Experience

Our new temporary exhibition Passchendaele - New Zealand's Darkest Day opens on 4 October at 9 a.m. Dusk and Story Inc., the creators of our temporary exhibitions have made a virtual reality  version of the current Dissent exhibit, so that...More...

Tour Guide Attends Dissent Conference

Kevin McLoughlin, a tour guide at The Great War Exhibition since early 2016, recently attended a Wellington conference, Dissent and the First World War, which covered dissent and how the First World War divided New Zealand society. “I’m interested in...More...

Behind Dissent – The Green Screen Experience

Sneak a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of our latest temporary exhibition, Dissent - the story of how the war affected conscientious objectors, politicians, Māori and religious groups who dared to speak out. See how Story Inc & Dusk used  a green screen,...More...

Staff on Secondment to MCH

One of our enthusiastic tours guides, Fin Hay, is on secondment to The Ministry for Culture and Heritage as an educator. Fin is temporarily filling the role of a ministry staff member, who is overseas on holiday and undertaking professional...More...

Tranzit Travel Club in for Diggers Brew

A delegation from the far off, exotic land of Palmerston North visited The Great War Exhibition this week. Pam and her friends were part of a group from the Tranzit Travel Club, an organisation that specialises in helping seniors see...More...

Sand in the Apricot Jam Art goes to Israel

Wellington artist Rebecca Holden will be exhibiting her WW1 commemorative show Sand in the Apricot Jam at the Museum of Rishon LeZion, Israel later this year. The exhibition features large-scale painted works representing the New Zealand Mounted Rifles of WWI....More...

Joint Ticket with Space Place

Buy your family pass to two of Wellington’s favourite attractions! The Great War Exhibition have joined forces with Space Place at Carter Observatory to provide a special family pass. From the tanks and trenches of WWI, to the giant planetarium...More...

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