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    Independent research bodies, 1920s to 2010s

    A number of independent research bodies were established in the 1920s and 1930s. These included: the New Zealand Obstetrical Society, founded in 1927 the Otago Medical School Research Society, set up in 1928 the New Zealand branch of the British Empire Ca ...


    Health Research Council, 1990 to 2010s

    In 1988 the Medical Research Council posited the concept of a more broadly based Health Research Council (HRC), to give greater prominence to public health research. The HRC came into existence on 1 October 1990 under the Health Research Council Act 1990, ...


    Maritime and settler craft

    February 1815. Guidance came from pattern books and illustrated periodicals, but just as often from ...


    Early craft education

    Art and design schools The establishment of art and design schools – the first in Dunedin in 1870, followed by Christchurch (1882), Wellington (1886), Auckland (1889) and Whanganui (1892) – saw the introduction of the South Kensington system of art and de ...


    Craft from the 1900s to 1920s

    wounded soldiers, with particular emphasis on basketry and woodwork. Soldier embroiderer Carpenter Fred ...


    Old and new aesthetics, 1930s and 1940s

    Depression The economic depression of the 1930s brought a sudden end to arts-and-crafts-movement crafts in New Zealand as the audience for expensive handcrafted items evaporated. At the same time, there was a revival of many earlier craft practices. Settl ...


    Craft in the 1950s and 1960s

    by international figures such as Bernard Leach, whose The potter’s book (1940) was a much-read and ...


    Craft becomes mainstream, 1970s

    By 1970 craft had moved from being an alternative practice to part of mainstream culture. Although pottery dominated, weaving, spinning, craft knitting, leatherwork and candle making were also embraced. New Zealanders’ appetite for handcrafted goods incre ...


    New developments, 1980s

    1972. Shops, galleries and books Social changes encouraged craftspeople to explore new ideas. New craft ... The 1980s opened with the publication of several major books dedicated to New Zealand craft, in ...


    Ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles, 1980s

    Craft had moved beyond studios and galleries and into the boardrooms by the 1980s. With this, the work of New Zealand craft artists rose in value and scale. Ceramics The influence of Anglo-oriental stoneware started to decline. Earthenware with colourful, ...