Upcoming events

Red white and black image of hongi between a man and woman. Ngā manu rōreka Nā Apriana Taylor whakamāoritia Materoa Haenga.

Ngā Manu Rōreka

Thursday 24 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Blending te reo Māori and physical theatre, this musical production follows two students' journey to reconnect with their ancestors. Written by Apirana Taylor, translated into te reo Māori by Materoa Haenga. A Taki Rua theatre production.

Painting green background, woman in profile with words tapu and a spiral in red on her black dress.

Tapu 2020 - Waitohu: Wahine reclaiming the ink

Saturday 26 September 2020, 1pm to 5pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Join us at the home of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Women’s Suffrage Petition, Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine to explore and wānanga the significance of waitohu/important inscriptions, from and about wāhine who have boldly reclaimed the ink.

Hands cradling stars, Precious taonga curator for the day.

Precious taonga – Curator for the day

Tuesday 29 September 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wellington Museum

What precious taonga do you have in your kāinga? Why are these items special to you? There are many different things that make a taonga precious. As the keepers of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most precious objects, National Library and Wellington Museum want to share a special experience of how we collect, care for, and curate our local and national taonga.

Someone using a typewriter

Working from home: resources you can access online

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Whether you are experienced or new to family history, there is material available online through the National Library that you can access. Joan McCracken from the Alexander Turnbull Library will explore some of the well-known resources (PapersPast, Digital NZ) and look at some that you might be new to you.

Part of: Connecting to collections

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Wednesday 30 September 2020, 1pm to 2pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Hands cradling stars, Precious taonga curator for the day.

Precious taonga – Curator for the day

Thursday 1 October 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wellington Museum

What precious taonga do you have in your kāinga? Why are these items special to you? There are many different things that make a taonga precious. As the keepers of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most precious objects, National Library and Wellington Museum want to share a special experience of how we collect, care for, and curate our local and national taonga.

Shows elegantly dress woman holding a cup of tea inside a red triangular frame, with a pagoda behind her. On either side are pictures of tea plants in flower, insets of scenes in India, China and Ceylon, and of medals won at the New Zealand Exhibition of 1882.

Golden glad rags morning tea

Thursday 1 October 2020, 10am to 11am

Te Wehenga, National Library Wellington

Get your glad rags on and join us for Devonshire tea, scintillating conversation with our Kaiarahi (National Library staff) and a special highlights tour of the exhibitions of the National Library.

Poster with pictures of people, a transvestite, bucket fountain in Cuba street and the words love is love.

Launch: Queer Archive Zine

Friday 2 October 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Come along to the public launch of a new collaborative zine that explores local queer archives.

Hands cradling stars, Precious taonga curator for the day.

Precious taonga – Curator for the day

Monday 5 October 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wellington Museum

What precious taonga do you have in your kāinga? Why are these items special to you? There are many different things that make a taonga precious. As the keepers of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most precious objects, National Library and Wellington Museum want to share a special experience of how we collect, care for, and curate our local and national taonga.

Hands cradling stars, Precious taonga curator for the day.

Precious taonga – Curator for the day

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Wellington Museum

What precious taonga do you have in your kāinga? Why are these items special to you? There are many different things that make a taonga precious. As the keepers of some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most precious objects, National Library and Wellington Museum want to share a special experience of how we collect, care for, and curate our local and national taonga.

Montage of images includes lamb soft toy, piano stool, scrapbooks and small statue.

Unpacking the Suitcase: Researching the material culture of German-Jewish refugees in Aotearoa

Wednesday 7 October 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

This talk shares findings from a research project exploring the relationships between Holocaust survivor refugee families, their descendants, and the material objects they have inherited.

Part of: Public History Talk — 2020

A man smiling at the camera.

The Pacific Virtual Museum

Thursday 8 October 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

This presentation will provide an overview and demonstration of the Pacific Virtual Museum website and will provide opportunity for feedback from audience.

Part of: Pasifika Spectacular

Poets night out NZ Poet Laureate David Eggleton with special guests Michael O'Leary, Jenny Powell, Kay Mckenzie Cooke, MC Marty Smith.

Poets’ night out

Saturday 10 October 2020, 7:30am to 9:30pm

Toitoi — Hawkes Bay Arts and Events Centre

Join us for a great night out with New Zealand Poet Laureate David Eggleton, together with poets Michael O'Leary, Jenny Powell, Kay McKenzie Cooke, and Marty Smith. Be moved by the raw experience of poetry read aloud.

Part of: NZ Poet Laureate — David Eggleton

The essentials of oral history research — Day 1

Cancelled

Saturday 10 October 2020, 8:45am to 4:30pm

Ground floor, Tūranga, Christchurch

An introduction to oral history methodology for people considering using oral history in their work, community or personal projects.

Pyramids at a sunset.

Visit Egypt in 3 Hours

Saturday 10 October 2020, 2pm to 5pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Itching to travel? You can in this exciting event that will be a whirlwind trip of Egypt's rich culture. You will discover Egypt’s ancient civilization, art, culture and gastronomy via a documentary, videos, dances, songs ,traditional music and a photo exhibition.

Drawing of a closet with words closet of curiosities.

Closet of Curiosities

Thursday 15 October 2020 to Thursday 29 October 2020

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

A collaboration between Queen Margaret College and The National Library: ‘Closet of Curiosities’ is a wearable art response touching on five different collections within the library walls.

Selection of books, letter, photo and papers from the Wilcox family collection.

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 12:10pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Want to know more about the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library and National Library of New Zealand? Keen to learn how you can connect to the collections and use them in your research or publication? Then these talks are for you. Connecting to Collections talks are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (February to November)

Conservator talking to woman about a family treasure.

National Preservation Office Conservation Clinic

Tuesday 20 October 2020, 1pm to 2pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Do you want to learn more about looking after your precious family taonga? Join Vicki-Anne Heikell from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Aerial photo of Wellington.

Wellington as we were – Archival footage from the last century

Tuesday 27 October 2020 to Saturday 14 November 2020

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Explore Wellington as it was. This special compilation features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington – from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital. The footage will be playing on loop during Library hours.

Aerial photo of Wellington.

Wellington as we were – Archival footage from the last century — extended screening

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Explore Wellington as it was. The extended screening of this special compilation created by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision features unique and recently preserved footage of Wellington — from the seat of Government to the coolest little capital.