Case Study: Museum of New Zealand, New Zealand

Hurrairah bin Sohail takes a look at how AV technology and inventive lighting were used to bring the human element of New Zealand’s role in World War I to the fore at an exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand.

The Museum of New Zealand or ‘Te Papa Tongarewa’ [Te Papa] as it is also known is a national museum and art gallery located in the city of Wellington. One of its most interesting exhibitions is ‘Gallipoli: The scale of our war’ which takes a look at New Zealand’s involvement in World War I. The exhibition focuses on individual and human experiences to bring rigour and accuracy to this part of the country’s history.

'Gallipoli: The scale of our war' follows the story of five different soldiers and a nurse who have all recorded their experience of the war in journals, diaries, images, photographs and more. the challenge for the museum was to take these physical items and objects from nearly a century ago and present them in a manner that would resonate with modern audiences and museum visitors.

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