The inaugural TelstraClear Museums Aotearoa Lecture was held Tuesday 17 April 2012, 6.30pm-7.30pm at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.
Was this Real New Zealand?
Jock Phillips looks at the ways in which our history and identity is approached and presented, drawing on his Rugby World Cup Real New Zealand Festival road trip and his experience of the national museum (Te Papa) and the National Encyclopedia (Te Ara). How do we exhibit our history, what makes a museum exhibition work, and what did the ‘Real New Zealand’ festival say about the state of our culture?
Jock Phillips is Senior Editor of Te Ara, the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. He was previously New Zealand’s Chief Historian following 16 years teaching American and New Zealand History at Victoria University of Wellington. He was also the founding Director of the Stout Research Centre for the study of New Zealand society, history and culture; and was the Conceptual Leader for the History exhibitions at Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand.
He has published thirteen books on New Zealand history, of which the best known is A Man’s Country: The image of the Pakeha male – a history. His latest book, Settlers (with Terry Hearn) covers the history of British immigration to New Zealand.
Telstra Clear Ltd has joined with Museums Aotearoa in the spirit of collaboration to launch the Museums Aotearoa Lecture.