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Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings

Date: Tuesday 13 April 2021, 1pm to 2pm
Cost: Free. RSVP required.
Contact details: ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz
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Did you know that the Alexander Turnbull Library has the largest collection of rare books and New Zealand paintings in the country? From medieval manuscripts to delicate watercolours, come along for a closer look.

Behind-the-scenes tour

Curators Anthony Tedeschi and Dr Oliver Stead take you on a behind-the-scenes tour and discuss the stories behind a selection of seldomseen taonga. From medieval manuscripts to delicate watercolours,
come along for a closer look.

Meet at the ground floor reception.

RSVP now for your spot

Spots are limited so book now by emailing us. Please note the date that you are booking for. Email — ATLOutreach@dia.govt.nz.

We are running three session of this tour.

Tuesday 13 April — Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings
Tuesday 11 May — Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings
Tuesday 8 June — Turnbull up close: Rare books and fine paintings

Check before you come

Due to COVID-19 some of our events can be cancelled or postponed at very short notice. Please check the website for updated information about individual events before you come.

For more general information about National Library services and exhibitions have look at our COVID-19 page.

About the speakers

Dr Oliver Stead has been Curator Drawings Paintings and Prints at the Alexander Turnbull Library since October 2015. He is the author of a number of books on New Zealand art. Oliver has previously held senior and specialist roles in several collecting institutions in Australia and New Zealand. His doctoral research focussed on the New Zealand-born art dealer and collector Sir Rex Nan Kivell.

Anthony Tedeschi has held the position of Curator Rare Books and Fine Printing at the Alexander Turnbull Library since 2015. He previously held positions at the University of Melbourne and Dunedin City Library. Anthony holds a Master’s in Library Science with a specialisation in rare books and manuscripts librarianship, and a MA in English Literature.

Two men looking at rare books on a table.
Curator Rare Books, Anthony Tedeschi, looking at collection items with John Sullivan. Photo by Mark Beatty.