Gallipoli: The scale of our war

Gallipoli: The scale of our war is an exhibition on at Te Papa focused on the Gallipoli campaign during the First World War.


The exhibition is told through real-life stories of eight New Zealanders – seven soldiers and one nurse. Each person tells a part of the eight month Gallipoli campaign.

The highlight of the exhibition are the large scale models of the eight featured New Zealanders. The models designed by Weta Workshop are 2.4 times human size. These figures took 24,000 hours to create, and they each weigh between 90kg and 150kg.

There is a short six-part series online, which is explores the behind the scenes process of creating this exhibition.

The exhibition, which cost $8 million to develop, also features other models, dioramas, interactive displays, and artefacts, such as uniforms, weapons, and personal diaries.

Gallipoli: the scale of our war is located on level 2 of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington. Exhibition is open daily 10am – 6pm until April 2019 and is free to visit.






The Great War Exhibition

The Great War Exhibition in Wellington commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War.


The exhibition is housed in the historic Dominion Museum building above Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The National Dominion Museum building opened in 1936 and housed the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. In 1972 the Dominion Museum was renamed the National Museum. The National Museum now known as the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is now located on the waterfront.

Filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson has created this exhibition, which explores the story of the First World War.

The main exhibition is the Grand Hall, which covers the period from pre-1914 until the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Visitors will enter the exhibition via a pre-war Belgium street. After this we meet Will, a soldier and we follow his journey. The exhibition features dioramas, large-scale props, historical photographs, authentic artefacts and replicas, including a 10 tonne tank and a 11 tonne gun.











The second exhibition is the ANZ Room – Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story in Colour. This exhibition focuses on Gallipoli campaign. A highlight is the collection of black and white photographs, which have been colourised and a one hundred square metre diorama, featuring over 5,000 hand-painted figurines depicting the capture on Chunuk Bair on August 8th 1915.




There are also temporary exhibitions when I visited there was an exhibition on women’s involvement in war, which has now closed. Other past exhibitions included topics, such as Passchendaele, the Middle-East, and conscientious objectors.

A new sensory experience Quinn’s Post Trench Experience has opened since I visited.

There are 45 minute guided tours of the Grand Hall between 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Guided tours are $25 for adults and children are $5. Otherwise general admission is $15 (children under 16 are free). There separate charges for the Trench Experiences, or a combo ticket option available.

I definitely recommend the guided tour and then going back through the Grand Hall at your leisure. I spent just under three hours exploring the exhibition.

The Great War Exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm until November 2018 at Dominion Museum Building in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Illuminate – No Man’s Land

As part of Anzac Weekend commemorations, Auckland Museum screened composer John Psathas‘ No Man’s Land onto the Northern Facade of the Museum.


Anzac Day, which is held on April 25th each year is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that recognises all New Zealanders and Australians who have served during wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations. Anzac Day originally honoured those who served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZACs) and fought at Gallipoli during World War I.

Psathas’ project features 120 musicians from over 20 countries and brings together musicians descended from opposing forces of World War I and reunites them in musical solidarity on the sites where their grandfathers and great-grandfathers fought a century ago.

No Man’s Land screened as part of the New Zealand Festival of Arts in March earlier this year.

Click here to learn more about the project.


From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th April, a special 20-minute version of the film was projected onto the Northern Facade of the Museum. It played as loop from 6:30pm through to 10pm.

Also viewable from the Auckland Museum, is the Sky Tower, which was lit up red to commemorate Anzac Day. A 13 metre red poppy was displayed on the south-east side of the tower.


Auckland Central City Library

Auckland Central City Library is one of 55 library branches in the Auckland region. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the City Central Library was originally housed in Auckland Art Gallery building.


The public library was originally housed in the Auckland Art Gallery bulding

The public library, which opened in its Lorne Street premises in 1971, offers all the services that one would expect a library to offer – books, DVDs, newspapers, magazines, e-books, audio books, meeting rooms, computer facilities, research facilities, free Wi-Fi.

One service that many Aucklanders are unaware of is the excellent exhibitions put on by the Sir George Grey Special Collections. These exhibitions are free for residents and visitors to Auckland to enjoy. The exhibition room, which is located on level two of the library is open weekdays from 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 4pm. Please note the Sir George Grey Special Collections is closed on Sundays so access to staff and the wider Sir George Grey Collection will not be possible but visitors will still be able to visit the exhibit room.

The room hosts themed exhibitions with items from the Sir George Grey Collections. Currently until 12 October 2014, there is “It’ll be over by Christmas” World War 1914 – 1918: An Exhibition.

Anzac Day first anniversary programme, 25 April 1916

Anzac Day first anniversary programme, 25 April 1916

This exhibition, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and is part of the WW100 programme, depicts New Zealand’s involvement during the First World War, both at the front and at home.

The one room exhibition is divided into 15 display cases that includes books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and personal items from soldiers serving during the War.


Charles Hartley’s certificate of discharge, 1919

Souvenir programme for Grand Concert held in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, 17 November 1914

Souvenir programme for Grand Concert held in aid of the Belgian Relief Fund, 17 November 1914


Essential Details:

World War 1914 – 1918: An exhibiton

“It’ll be over by Christmas”

Until 12 October, weekdays 9am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 4pm

Sir George Grey Special Collections, Level 2, Central City Libary


City Central Library

44-46 Lorne Street

Main library

Monday to Friday: 9am – 8pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm