Phil Lascelles

Hawkes Bay

Employed part-time at MTG Hawkes Bay as copyright specialist; also tutoring Museum Studies paper at Massey University.

Current Research Projects include “Biography of New Zealand Seafarers 1914-18” and Digital History Research methodology to aid reconnnecting narrative to museum collection objects.

Published work

Lascelles, P.R. (2024). Necessities for our Existence. Biography of New Zealanders employed in Mercantile Marine during WWI. Napier, New Zealand: Author.

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Unpublished Research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.

Other Projects

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


2023 – Post Grad Cert. Digital Humanities (Distinction)
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
  • Publicity
  • Records management
  • Research
  • Writing


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