An exhibition at Te Papa Museum, Wellington 2007
The fifth Te Papa community exhibition to be staged in the Community Gallery area of Te Papa will profile New Zealands Scottish community and is scheduled to open in August 2007. The exhibition has a proposed duration of approximately 2.5 years, closing early in 2010. The Community Gallery explores the experiences of different ethnic and cultural groups in New Zealand and provides a forum in which different communities can tell their own stories.
This exhibition is being developed in partnership with the Scottish Community Advisory Group (CAG). This group of seven people was formed from a much larger meeting of representatives in December last year. Members are Rosalind McClean, The University of Waikato; Roz Grant, Turakina Highland Games; Sonia MacKenzie, Clan Mackenzie New Zealand Society; Mary Earle, Clan Cameron; Sean Brosnahan, Otago Settlers Museum; Patsy Montgomery, Waipu Museum; Bruce Cameron, Highland Scots.
This exhibition is primarily focused on New Zealand rather than Scottish history. The CAG have endorsed the overarching theme of contributions for the exhibitions and the main storylines. CAG feedback is being taken into account throughout the progression of the exhibition.
The exhibition is still being formed, though three main segments are confirmed. These will focus on Migrations and Settlement, Contributions, and Expressions of Identity. A touch screen interactive map is one of the main interpretive tools being considered for the small Migration and settlement area of the exhibition. The Contributions segment will act as a touchstone for various achievements and contributions of the Scottish New Zealanders, and in Maintaining Identity, Expressions of Identity there is more of a focus on contemporary New Zealand stories. The exhibition will include some audiovisual elements.
Those of Scottish descent are a major group in the New Zealand population. Through this exhibition Te Papa hopes to show visitors that Scottish Culture is a pervasive influence in contemporary New Zealand culture. The achievements of Scottish New Zealanders will be celebrated.
Objects for display are currently being chosen from the collections of a range of organizations. Te Papa has been working with the CAG to source further information on possible objects for selection, especially those that may be held in private collections.
If you would like to know more about the exhibition Te Papas Community Relations Manager, Sue Superville, will be happy to answer any inquiries.