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Sir Peter Jackson to develop new WWI exhibition in Wellington


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Sir Peter Jackson has been tasked with developing a new multi-million dollar World War One museum exhibition in Wellington.
The commemorative exhibition will be a temporary one, opening at the Dominion Museum Building in April next year in time for Anzac Day, and run throughout the centenary period.
Prime Minister John Key announced today the Government will invest $7 million initially to develop the commemoration, which will sit behind the National War Memorial and overlook the National War Memorial park.
"It will help enhance New Zealanders' understanding of the First World War and its impact on our nation," says Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson.
"It will be a tremendous addition alongside Te Papa's Gallipoli exhibition, being developed in partnership with Weta Workshop."
Other project partners include the Defence Force and Wellington City Council.
Sir Peter said the museum will focus on "what life was like for both the Kiwi soldier leaving their families to fight a foreign war on the other side of the world, and for those left behind".
The exhibition is expected to be free.
Source: TVNZ, 15 August 2015
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He has been influential in two exhibitions, this one and also the one at the National Museum - Te Papa, also in Wellington of course.


The Te Papa exhibition featured the large models of soldiers which I am sure appeared on the Forum some time ago. Link here



The exhibition at the National Memorial - as above - was also very good. I thought the most interesting thing was the massive model (100sqm) diorama of the battle of Chanuk Bair as mentioned. I took photos and was going to post on the GWF but with the light conditions and the perspex barrier could not do it justice. As mentioned 5000 hand painted soldiers.


If you happen to be at the Uttermost End of the Earth - well worth a visit.








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Does the Te papa exhibition still exist?

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Ta muchly, I might have to cross the ditch for a quick squiz

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I visited the exhibition at the National War Memorial yesterday. There are three parts to see:

1.  The Western Front - as you would expect from Peter Jackson the exhibition gives a good impression of what life and death were like on the WF. There was a distinct lack of labels/signs to inform visitors. There wasn’t much about the New Zealand contributions to the war until the 1918 room.

2.  Gallipoli - very well done with lots of photos that had been “colourised” and good labels and explanations. This part did concentrate on the NZ troops, but did acknowledge that other countries were involved.

3. War in the Holy Land - this was an audiovisual presentation.

This exhibition will be open until November 2018.

I’ll try to visit the Te Papa exhibition before I leave and report on it.

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