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National Army Museum

Issue 61: April 2017

April Despatches

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ANZAC Day 2017

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Going Underground: Tunnellers of WWI

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Travelling Exhibition On Show in Waiouru

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A Near Miss: WWI Soldier Saved by Diary and Mirror

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What's On These School Holidays

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Museum Dance Off

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Online Shop

ANZAC Day 2017

ANZAC Day 2017

Dawn Service - 6am, Civilian Service - 11am.

Join us to commemorate ANZAC Day at the National Army Museum Te Mata Toa on Tuesday 25 April. A 6am dawn service and 11am civilian service will be held at the Museum, supported by military personnel from the Waiouru Military Training Camp. Additional activities on the day include our free outdoor exhibition Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War, the upcoming exhibition Going Underground: Tunnellers of WWI, a poppy air balloon display and military vehicle display.

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Going Underground: Tunnellers of WWI

Going Underground: Tunnellers of WWI

Self Portrait in Arras Tunnels, 2015 by Brett Killington.

This photographic exhibition by Brett Killington explores the tunnels under Arras in France. Killington has worked closely with the French government to gain access to many rarely seen tunnels. His photographs reveal a subterranean ‘New Zealand’ in the form of place names, graffiti and objects left behind by the Kiwi tunnellers who lived and fought there in WWI. The exhibition will be complemented by models and artefacts from our own collection.

Opens 21 August 2017.

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Travelling Exhibition On Show in Waiouru

Heartlanders

'Heartlanders' will be open during the April School Holidays.

Heartlanders: New Zealanders of the Great War, a travelling exhibition which tells the stories of ordinary New Zealanders during WWI, has made its way back to Waiouru. This free outdoor exhibition will be open 10am - 2pm throughout the Term 1 April school holidays excluding weekends and the Easter break. Original film footage, period music and battle sounds together with artefacts from the Museum’s own collection accompany the tales of the Heartlanders.

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A Near Miss: WWI Soldier Saved by Diary and Mirror

A Near Miss

2017.65.1. Pte. George Peachey's wallet mirror with shrapnel damage.

A recently donated diary and wallet mirror attributed to WWI soldier 65319 Private George Peachey could've possibly saved his life. The objects appear to have been scarred by a piece of shrapnel which entered through the diary and finished up lodged in the back of the mirror. His family believe he was hit in the chest by the shrapnel while the items were in his pocket. There is no record of Peachey ever being wounded so the objects most probably saved his life.

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What's On These School Holidays

What's On These School Holidays

Join us in the Kidz HQ for our April school holiday programme!

Fun, hands-on activities will be offered to children and families in our educational and interactive Kidz HQ space during the Term 1 April school holidays. Have a go at making paper-mache poppy seed bombs, dress up like a real soldier, design a medal ribbon or take part in our ‘NAM Rocks!’ rock painting project.

Holiday programme activities will be offered 17 - 28 April, excluding weekends.

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Museum Dance Off 2017

Museum Dance Off 2017

A snippet from our entry into the Museum Dance Off 2017.

The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa has entered the Museum Dance Off competition for 2017. Click the button below to watch the full video!

Voting for the best entry begins on 18 April. If you'd like to vote for our video follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. This annual rivalry between Museums worldwide was a fun opportunity for staff to bust some serious dance moves while also showcasing our amazing Museum to the wider online community.

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The Online Shop

The National Army Museum has recently opened a new online shop that sells a range of military books, DVDs, gifts and commemorative products.