First World War

Choose one of our educator-led programmes or book your students in for a free self-guided visit to MTG's First World War exhibition.

Start Date 23/11/2015
Finish Date 31/03/2017
Duration 1.5 hours
Years Years 8 - 13
Cost Educator-led programmes: $2.50 primary and intermediate, $4.50 secondary. self-guided visits free
Venue MTG Hawke's Bay.
Learning Areas Social Sciences, History, at MTG


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From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth, MTG’s First World War exhibition, offers students a rich and moving experience as they delve into the personal stories behind the letters, photographs and objects on display. Self-guided class visits to the exhibition are free but must be pre-booked though our educators. We can also arrange free entry for secondary students wanting to come for independent research visits. We have a variety of educator-led programmes on offer, each of which can be tailored to your students' needs.

Educator-led options:

Survivor WW1

Camping rough in hostile lands, through lice-infested summers and foot-rotting winters, with just a few possessions in a small rucksack – was this what thousands of young New Zealanders expected when they signed up to fight ‘for King and country’ on the far side of the world? Students will hear how the war started and why New Zealand was involved. They will visit the First World War exhibition to research conditions faced by ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli, in the Middle East and on the Western Front. They will then be assigned to one of these campaigns and challenged to improve their chances of survival by assembling the right equipment for the conditions.    

  • For Years 6 – 10
  • Venue: MTG Hawke's Bay

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

Primary Source

The historical documents, images and objects in our First World War exhibition represent scraps of memory, each one revealing a moment, an experience, a fragment of the past. What can we learn from letters written by Hawke’s Bay soldiers in the trenches of Gallipoli, photos they sent home from Cairo or items they carried to the Western Front and back again? Beyond the exhibition, what else does the museum hold in its collection? Students will discover how they can use the museum for their own research projects.    

  • For Years 9–13
  • Venue: MTG Hawke's Bay

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

Social History in Action: First World War

100 years ago, thousands of Hawke’s Bay volunteers set off on a journey they thought would be a grand adventure. Many never returned. Delve into the personal stories behind the letters, photographs and memorabilia on display in MTG’s new First World War exhibition then create a drama exploring extraordinary moments in the lives of those caught up in the early days of the ‘war to end all wars’.     

  • For Years 6-10
  • Venue: MTG Hawke’s Bay

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

Homefront: Everyday Technology 1914-1918

In this special Faraday Centre programme, students will investigate technologies in everyday use at the time of the First World War. They will handle household technology used in New Zealand homes, discover century-old methods of long-distance communication and the vital and devastating role played by the humble telegram, find out about dental and medical practices and consider the impact of new forms of transport. Through hands-on exploration of early 20th century technologies, students will develop insights into what day-to-day life was like for families in New Zealand during the Great War.      

  • For Years 9-13
  • Venue: the Faraday Centre

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

First World War Cemetery Walk and Talk

Our educators will guide your students through the Napier Hill cemetery to find memorials to soldiers who fought in the First World War. A chance to discuss those who went to the Great War from this area and what they may have gone through before returning home to start a new life. This programme is weather dependent, so please book a postponement date or a visit to MTG's First World War exhibition as a wet-weather alternative.    

  • For Years 7-13
  • Napier Hill Cemetery, Napier Terrace, Hospital Hill
  • Duration: up to 1 hour

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

Self-guided class visits to the First World War exhibition (FREE)

We can supply teachers' notes and/or a student activity trail. Please prebook your self-guided visit through our educators.

  • For Years 1-13
  • Venue: MTG Hawke's Bay

Read more about MTG's First World War exhibition

Contact us for detailed information about any of these programmes: (06) 833 9788 

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