Wednesday 7 October

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

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 Kauhau — 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