Gallipoli: The scale of our war 

New long-term exhibition
Opens 25 April 2015

Postcard, 'German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force' 1914-1916, Wilson, William Thompson (1882–1917), New Zealand. Purchased 2011. Te Papa
Postcard, 'German War Flag captured at Samoa by New Zealand Expeditionary Force' 1914-1916, Wilson, William Thompson (1882–1917), New Zealand. Purchased 2011. Te Papa
 Te Papa is working closely with Weta Workshop, through the generous support of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board, on a large scale exhibition focusing on New Zealanders' experiences of Gallipoli.  

This exhibition will provide your students with an immersive, highly emotional experience inspired by the real words of real people. Ordinary New Zealanders who struggled, survived and died in extraordinary circumstances at Gallipoli, the iconic New Zealand campaign of WW1.

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Primary education programme

Pick up your kit bag and join Te Papa educators to explore the exhibition Gallipoli - The Scale of Our War. Utilising tactile objects, and soldiers’ diaries, students will discover the relevance of key items to the experiences of soldiers. By composing their own diary entries, students will be placed in the soldier’s shoes to consider what they would have done and how they would have felt in the same situation.
Availability: From Term 2, 2015
Curriculum areas:
Social Sciences
Suitable for: Year 5 –  9
Duration: 1 hour
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Online research zone

To support secondary students studying NZ History an online research zone is being created. In the zone, students will be able to access all of Te Papa’s WWI related objects and collection information. This includes: WWI posters, soldiers’ diary entries, and objects that can be used as primary sources of information.


Specialist days for secondary students

Two specialist days will be offered in Term 2 and 3, 2015. Students attending these sessions will gain the opportunity to explore primary historical sources, participate in workshops with history specialists, and carry out research within a variety of exhibition spaces at Te Papa.
Availability: Term 2 & 3, 2015
Curriculum areas: NZ History, Social Science
Suitable for: Year 10 – 11
Duration: 9:30am – 2pm
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Exclusive teacher preview

Explore the new exhibition Gallipoli – The Scale of Our War with some of its creators, from both Te Papa and Weta Workshop. Gain insider knowledge into the key exhibition themes, stories and objects. Find out about the education programmes and resources available to support teaching and learning about WWI.
Date: Thurs 30 April, 2015
Time: 4pm - 6pm


Explore WWI at Te Papa

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Conflict and Identity is Te Papa’s four-year, multi-disciplinary programme of research, discussion, and reflection on the dynamics of conflict and its impact on our identity in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme includes thought-provoking exhibitions, events, publications (print and online), blogs and discussions, community activities, education programmes and  events for teachers. It reflects four key themes:


New Zealand at War

Te Papa is primarily focused on the exploration of the First World War through the study of material culture. Te Papa’s collections relating to the war period are primarily more personal in nature rather than military-based, and as such shed light on people’s everyday experiences of wartime and the home front.