Media release: 2 August 2018
Massey University will return to the Dominion Museum Building in 2019 following the closure of the Great War Exhibition after Armistice Day in November 2018.
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Massey University have come to an agreement that will enable the exhibition to remain open for the Ministry’s planned Armistice Day centenary commemoration. The exhibition will close at the Dominion Museum Building at 6pm on December 2, 2018.
The Great War Exhibition was designed as a temporary exhibition, which would be open for the duration of the First World War centenary, Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Paul James says.
“The Ministry appreciates Massey’s willingness to lease the building over the past four years to give people the opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s First World War stories.
“We would also like to warmly thank the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust for their excellent work in running the exhibition and Sir Peter Jackson for developing the exhibition and lending his extensive collection of First World War artefacts and memorabilia.
“The Great War Exhibition has been an important part of the centenary programme. It has been well-attended by the public and made a significant contribution towards the programmes objectives around connecting people with this important era of our history.
“More than 400,000 people have visited the exhibition since it opened in April 2015. We encourage the public to take the opportunity to visit the Great War Exhibition and the Trench Experience before it closes,” Mr James says.
Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says the University was delighted to host the exhibition through an important period in New Zealand’s history.
Professor Thomas says the University community is equally happy and excited to again be able to showcase its world-class College of Creative Arts including the Wellington School of Design in such an impressive facility.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the city of Wellington to share in the fantastic work being produced by our students and staff in the fields of fine arts, creative media production, commercial music, and design,” Professor Thomas says.
“The iconic Grand Hall has been the scene of numerous exhibitions, performances and events for decades and it will be wonderful to have such an outstanding asset back in action for the college, the wider Massey University, including the colleges of Business, Health and Humanities and Social Sciences, and the public.
“Overlooking the National War Memorial and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, it occupies an important place in Wellington’s history and future. It is the front door for Massey University’s Wellington campus and will once again provide an outstanding teaching and learning environment for the University’s students and staff,” Professor Thomas says.
Media contact for Ministry for Culture and Heritage: +64 27 622 0468
Media contact for Massey University: +64 21 647 878
Published on 2nd August 2018