Gallipoli: The scale of our war 

New exhibition
18 April 2015 - 18

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.

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 per class. We can teach up to four classes per day.
Full programme information: Essential reading prior to attending this programme. 

Download programme outline (PDF, 335KB)

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Education programme availability

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Bookings are subject to availability.
We require two weeks’ notice – the earlier you book, the greater your chance of securing your preferred date and time.

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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:

  • 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.

Visiting the exhibition

  • You can select to visit the exhibition as a self-guided group or book a guided education programme. Bookings are essential for all school groups.

Please use our online booking form.

  • No bags are allowed in the exhibition, bags must be stored in the bag cages at the main entrance. Please ask students to share one bag between two, or leave bags at school. We have limited bag cage storage.
  • Photography is allowed. Please take photos (without flash) and share them with your friends and family on social media #Gallipoli 


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Teachers' resource pack

This resource supports learning about World War I (also known as the Great War), with a focus on the experiences of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. It accompanies the exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war and is suitable for students in years 5–13.

The resource provides:
    • exhibition text about the events that took place on Gallipoli, including soldiers’ accounts
    • learning activities to prompt discussion in the exhibition or afterwards in the classroom
    • extension activities that connect with the Te Papa exhibition Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa, which explores further aspects of the First World War.

The content draws from the exhibition text, which was written as if from the soldiers’ perspective, and actual quotes from New Zealanders who were on Gallipoli.

Download the resource (PDF, 12.5MB)

Sample page 1
Sample page 2

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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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