October 2020

A striking portrait of a Māori woman. She Is wearing dark tailored clothing, has two huia feathers in her hair and a large tiki necklace. She is looking straight at us and has a Mona Lisaish smile.

Everything old is new again

Thursday 17 September 2020 to Sunday 13 December 2020

New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington

Six of our most prominent artists — John Pule, Séraphine Pick, Sarah Munro, Lisa Reihana, Heather Straka and Mel Baldwin – have made new, or have provided existing artworks based on original Turnbull collection items. This exhibition highlights the contemporary relevance of the Alexander Turnbull Library, 100 years after it first opened.

Part of: ATL 100

Camellia and fountain pen on a background of signatures. Women making their mark 1893 to 2020.

Suffrage Day 2020: Women making their mark

Friday 18 September 2020 to Saturday 10 October 2020

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Enjoy a banner exhibition celebrating New Zealand's amazing history of women making their mark! Created in partnership with Government's Network, Ministry of Women and the National Library.

Exhibition of pictures hanging from a ceiling.

School Holiday Arts and Crafts at the National Library

Monday 28 September 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Looking for something to do during the school holidays? Our craft tables will be full of fun activities for you and the whānau! Check out our other listings for specific activities during the school holidays.

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

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, 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)

Police booking sheet thumbprints and mugshots of a man with a waxed and curled moustache

Danger on our shores: The white slave trade in 20th century NZ

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

Programme Rooms, National Library Wellington

Hear about the unsavoury history of sex trafficking through the first decade of the 20th century.

Part of: Connecting to collections

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.

He Whakaputanga displayed in the He Tohou exhibition.

To what extent is He Whakaputanga part of New Zealand’s constitution?

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

‘The Declaration is the parent, the Treaty the child’. The Crown in New Zealand was established by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which could not have happened without He Whakaputanga. So how does the Declaration fit into our constitutional arrangements today?

Woman with glasses.

Dennis Glover and Allen Curnow: A friendship in letters

Wednesday 28 October 2020, 5:30pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Sarah Shieff will talk about her book ‘Letters of Denis Glover’

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2020

Grandmother reading a book to two young boys

Strengthen school-wide, family, and community reading connections — Christchurch

Full — wait list available

Thursday 29 October 2020, 9am to 3pm

National Library, Christchurch

Explore strategies and ideas for creating whole-school reading initiatives, celebrations, and community partnerships to strengthen and support reading for pleasure.

Man standing in front of a painting.

Tokelau – world’s smallest population, but big in creativity!

Thursday 29 October 2020, 12pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Mālo nī. Join renowned artist Moses Viliamu of Tokelauan (Atafu) and Samoan (Faleula) descent discussing digital creativity from a Tokelauan perspective.

Woman speaking into a microphone.

Motif Poetry & Poetry in Motion

Saturday 31 October 2020, 7pm to 10pm

Taiwhanga Kahau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

A celebration of spoken word including poetry slam, workshops & more! This day long festival culminates in the Wellington Regional Poetry Slam Finals, where the audience decides which poet will win a place in the 2020 National Slam Final!