Gallipoli: The scale of our war 

New exhibition
Opens 18 April 2015

To mark the World War 1 centenary, Te Papa has joined forces with Weta Workshop to bring you Gallipoli: The scale of our war. Experience the triumphs and countless tragedies of this 8-month campaign through the eyes and words of the ordinary New Zealanders who were there.

Teacher preview with Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop

Join Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor and Te Papa’s educators and history curators for an exclusive teachers’ preview of Gallipoli: The scale of our war.

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

When: Thu 30 April 2015, 4pm–6pm
Where: Te Marae, Level 4
Learning area:
Social Sciences and NZ History
Suitable for: Primary and Secondary teachers


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Gallipoli education programme

The troopship Arawa about to leave Wellington for Egypt, 1914. Photograph by Captain John Rose. Te Papa (O.040523)

A not-to-be-missed educational opportunity 

This is a must-see exhibition that sets the stage for further student inquiry into the Gallipoli campaign and beyond. Explore the emotional and physical toll of the campaign through the eyes of real people who were there: eight ordinary New Zealanders struggling through extraordinary circumstances.

The exhibition captures their experiences as they approach Gallipoli ready for adventure, as the first fire hits, and as the terrifying reality of their situation sets in - right up until their final evacuation.

Guided by our educators, your students will identify the motivations and reactions of these people, who include various soldiers, a medical officer and a nurse. They will hear their diary entries, look at their photos, read their letters, and see their personal belongings.

Suitable for: Year 5 –  9 (not suitable for Year 4 and under)
Learning area:
Social Sciences
Cost: $6.50 per student. Teachers and parent helpers are free. Please bring plenty of parent helpers with you.
Duration: 1 hour

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Parental guidance recommended

Contains graphic content and some language that may offend

Gallipoli: The scale of our war contains content that may disturb some students, including weapons, sounds of gunfire, images of the dead, graphic depiction of wounds, and strong references to the Turkish enemy in the soldiers’ own words.

We recommend that, before visiting with your class, you:

  • attend the Gallipoli teacher preview or professional-development workshop
  • or explore the exhibition on your own
  • or contact our Education Coordinator to discuss your visit:  or 04 381 7443

Please also ensure that you have enough parent helpers to attend on the day.

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History Study Day

Anzac Day New Zealand. Photographed by Sarah Rose. Flickr. Creative Commons.

This day is a unique opportunity for secondary students to study World War I in depth with educators and history curators from Te Papa, the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Your students will:

  • explore the immersive exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war
  • participate in workshops with content experts
  • access personal wartime accounts and objects.

They will analyse a range of primary and secondary historical sources, assessing their reliability and exploring the different perspectives they represent.

When: Wed 17 Jun 2015, 9:30am - 2:30pm
Suitable for:
Year 11-13
Learning areas
: History
: Located at Te Papa, The Museum of Wellington City and Sea and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Cost: $10 per student

Bookings for this event have now reached capacity. To join the waitlist please email

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Professional development workshop

New Zealand and Australian soldiers in the trenches, Gallipoli, 1915. Photograph by Captain John Rose. Te Papa (O.040602)

The Museum of Wellington City and Sea, First World War Centenary Programme Office and Te Papa have joined forces to offer you a professional development session covering:

  • the significant role New Zealand played in WWI
  • soldiers' experiences of Gallipoli and the Western Front
  • what life was like back home during war time
When: Sat 16 May 2015, 9am - 1pm
Learning Area: Social Sciences
Suitable for: Teachers of Years 5 - 8  
Venues: The workshop is located at both Te Papa and at The Museum of Wellington City and Sea
Cost: $15 per teacher 

Bookings for this event have now reached capacity but you can still join the waitlist to be notified if a place becomes available.

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Research zone

Students studying this topic can access a huge range of content on Te Papa’s website. This includes: WWI posters, soldiers’ diary entries, and objects that can be used as primary sources of information.

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Teacher resources

To support student learning about the Gallipoli campaign and World War I, a teacher resource and student activity trail will be published on this page soon.

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