Talk: Food during the Great War

How did soldiers cook during World War I, and what food did their families send them? The first of three talks by Gallipoli curator Kirstie Ross.

  • When Tue 22 Aug 2017, 11:15am–12:00pm
  • Where
    Te Marae, Level 4
  • Cost Free event

Hear about the methods of cooking during the First World War, trench food, and food parcels that families sent to soldiers at the front. These heartfelt stories are presented by Kirstie Ross, together with fellow history curator Dr Katie Cooper. There will also be time afterwards to ask Kirstie and Katie questions.

After the talk, relax with a delicious Devonshire tea at Espresso cafe for $8.

You can also receive a 20% discount on all items at Te Papa Store, Level 2 – our specialist shop for World War I books and other merchandise.

About the curators

Kirstie Ross has been a history curator at Te Papa for over 13 years. She worked as lead curator on Gallipoli: The scale of our war. In 2014, her book Holding on to Home: New Zealand Stories and Objects of the First World War, which she co-wrote with Dr Kate Hunter, was published by Te Papa Press.

Dr Katie Cooper is a curator of colonial histories. Her particular interest is the material culture of domestic life. She is also engaged in ongoing research into the social and cultural history of rural New Zealand.

Cover of a recipe book with a soldier painted on it. The title reads 'The Peace Recipe Book'.


The Peace Recipe Book, about 1914–19, by Elsie Harvey. Published by New Zealand Newspapers Ltd. Te Papa (CA000316/001/0001)