The Spirit of 1776/1917: Town and Gown Go to War

Auckland Museum has long been in the business of initiating, supporting and disseminating original research on a range of contemporary and historical topics. Facilitating the deep interrogation of an issue from multiple perspectives and providing a platform for discussion are core functions for the museum to deliver. It is our hope that greater understanding and inspiration will come from well-informed debate and illuminating little-known facts. The museum’s collections serve as evidence for this research activity and, along with knowledge and expertise that surrounds them, they are an increasingly global resource.

The collection of articles in The Enduring Impact of the First World War: A Collection of Perspectives is a rich gathering of insights reflecting on a pivotal year in world history a century later and were all drawn from The Myriad Faces of War symposium held in 2017. This successful international symposium was conceived and led by the War, History, Heritage, Art and Memory Research Network (WHAM), in partnership with Massey University, Auckland War Memorial Museum, The University of Auckland and Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

The examination of conflict and its impact, the subject of the symposium and this Bulletin, is central to the Museum’s identity as a war memorial and is facilitated through its war galleries, online Cenotaph database of New Zealanders who have served historically, and through its programming.

David Reeves
Director, Collections & Research
Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira
22 February 2020


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