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Bringing Gallipoli to life

Rachael Bruce, Bringing Gallipoli to life for a new generation, Te Papa Blog, 6 May 2015

Teachers’ Resource Pack available for download on the Te Papa website.

Teachers’ Resource Pack available for download on the Te Papa website.

Last week we held our biggest ever teacher preview which saw more than 200 teachers, from as far away as Tauranga, come to Te Papa to learn more about our new exhibition Gallipoli: The scale of our war.

The preview started with Exhibition Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor giving a presentation on how his team at Weta Workshop spent a staggering 24,000 hours creating the larger than life figures in the exhibition.

The teachers then had a chance to explore the exhibition and discuss its content and connections to student learning with our educators, hosts and curators, who have grounded the exhibition in historical research and accuracy.

All of those present received an information pack to encourage bookings for the Gallipoli education programme, and upcoming student study days and professional development workshops.

Te Papa is proud to present an exhibition that so closely aligns with what schools around the country are learning about this year to coincide with the centenary of World War One.

The idea for the exhibition’s education programme is to immerse the younger generation in the eight-month Gallipoli campaign and get them to experience it through the eyes and words of the ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances at Gallipoli 100 years ago.

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