The opening of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in February led to this special issue on public history in New Zealand museums. Articles focusing on Te Papa include Gavin McLean’s review of history exhibitions, while Bronwyn Labrum (Te Papa’s Curator of New Zealand History) discusses the process of creating the exhibitions.
Sean Brosnahan of the Otago Settlers Museum takes us through its century-long history and Adrienne Simpson discusses the New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington.
In an ‘Interview with a public historian’ Tony Nightingale talks to Fulbright Fellow Jannelle Warren-Findley, the current President of the American Public Historians’ Association, about her time here teaching at Victoria University of Wellington.
This issue also features PHANZA news from the 1997 Annual General Meeting, at which a new President (McLean), Secretary (Graham Butterworth) and Treasurer (Nightingale) were elected. The rest of the committee includes: Bronwyn Dalley (Phanzine editor), David Green, Bronwyn Labrum and Adrienne Simpson. The annual reports of the officers are included in this issue.
Read this issue: Phanzine March 1998