Phil Lascelles

Hawkes Bay

Current Research Project

Biography of New Zealand Seafarers 1914-18. Reconnnecting artefacts and collections to provide meaning and significance to 21st century citizens – a project in material culture history.

Published work

Lascelles, P. R. (2018). Walter Winton: Digger of Old Codford. In H. Hill, P. Lascelles, G. Mellsop, K. Sampson, & K. Sampson (Ed.), Under Two Flags. The New Zealand Salvation Army’s response to the First World War (pp. 252-267). Wellington, New Zealand: Flag Publications.

Lascelles, P. R. (2015). Mercantile Marine War Medal. In H. N. de Oliveira, J. V. de Bragança, & P. J. Estrela (Eds.), The Great War in Phaleristics. Proceedings of International Colloquium (pp. 301-324). Lisbon, Portugal: Academia Faleristica de Portugal.

Unpublished Research

MA thesis and Dissertation (Massey University)
Lascelles, P. R. (2014). Remembering Seafarers. The (Missing) History of New Zealanders employed in the Mercantile Marine during WWI. Palmerston North, New Zealand: MA Thesis in History, Massey University. (Thesis available at

Lascelles, P. R. (2012). Harry Wrigg’s New Zealand Cross – One of the most scandalous revelations ever made in public life in New Zealand. Palmerston North, New Zealand: MA Research Essay, Massey University.

Selected Research Contributions

Auckland War Memorial Museum
2007-2017 Volunteer, Armoury Information Centre and Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre. Completed object research, including interpreting military personnel files; developing personal stories of medal recipients

2015 – Research Assistant for artist Fiona Jack, Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Art, The University of Auckland. “Survivors’ Roll of Honour”, a series of 20 prints listing 108,920 identified New Zealand WW1 survivors, part of the ANZAC Commemorative Print Portfolio commissioned by the Australian War Museum. See

Selected Relevant Service Role

Conservation Volunteers Australia and Department of Veteran’s Affairs Australia – Visitor Services, ANZAC Day Commemorations, Gallipoli, Turkey April 2015 and April 2017.


2023 – Post Grad Cert. Digital Humanities
2020 – Post Grad Dip Museum Studies (Distinction)
2015 – Master of Arts (1st Class Hons): History
2009 – Grad Dip in Arts: History
1997 – Grad Dip Business Studies: Management
1975 – Bachelor of Arts: Computer Science


  • Compiling bibliographies
  • Curatorial advice
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Heritage inventory preparation
  • Heritage trail preparation
  • Indexing
  • Oral history
  • Project management
  • Records management
  • Research
  • Writing


  • Biography
  • Business
  • Defence/military
  • Family
  • Genealogy
  • Heritage
  • Industrial
  • Institutional
  • Maritime
  • Material culture
  • Museums
  • Regional
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Transport