February 2021

Large banners hanging in the National Library foyer.

Waitangi Day at the National Library

Saturday 6 February 2021, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Te Ahumairangi, National Library Wellington

Come to the National Library this Waitangi Day to see the original Treaty of Waitangi and engage with Aotearoa’s history.

Part of: E oho! Waitangi 2021

Singing the trail and map of North Island.

Singing the trail: the story of mapping Aotearoa New Zealand

Tuesday 9 February 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

John McCrystal tells the story of Aotearoa New Zealand through its maps — and the stories of the explorers who made those maps.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

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

Connecting to the collections

Tuesday 16 February 2021, 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 16 February 2021, 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 MNZM from the Alexander Turnbull Library to learn more about the preservation of your treasured items-from physical books and papers to digital materials.

Woman sitting at a desk in front of lots of bookshelves, wearing gloves and looking at heritage books.

Knowledge is a blessing on your mind: Wānanga and the Scientific Project

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

Dame Anne Salmond ONZ, Distinguished Professor of Māori Studies and Anthropology at the University of Auckland, will deliver the 2020 Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture.

Part of: Friends of the Turnbull Public Programme — 2021

A group of seven men and women on a log bridge.

Mīharo Wonder exhibition

Friday 26 February 2021 to Thursday 30 September 2021

National Library Gallery, National Library Wellington

What does the word ‘wonder’ — or ‘mīharo’ — mean to you? It could be something that evokes awe, fascination or curiosity; to make you think, speculate, meditate upon.

The ATL100 exhibition Mīharo Wonder will inspire you to do all of these.

Book cover showing a naked sick person being carried by another man.

Mīharo: Imagine libraries

Friday 26 February 2021, 12:10pm to 1pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, National Library Wellington

A talk with pictures by Ian Wedde — imagine a national library in a time of plague. Will it incorporate a global vision? How will it moderate ‘relevance’? How will it incorporate the archival and non-moderated domains of social media? What kinds of censorship may emerge? Could global crisis stimulate an expanded concept of relevance both contemporary and historical?

Part of: Mīharo Wonder: 100 Years of the Alexander Turnbull Library