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Monday 18 September, 2017
Ashburton Museum’s newest exhibition space, the Kate and Hank Murney Room will
finally be unveiled this week, and its first exhibition will be nothing short
Bullets and Boots: From Rugby Field to Battlefield and Back is on track to be
the room’s first interactive exhibition and will explore the legacy of World
War One, as seen through the eyes of 15 New Zealand rugby players and one woman
Director Tanya Robinson says the touring exhibition will be an exciting
addition to the Museum, particularly for local rugby enthusiasts.
All Blacks went away to WW1 and 13 died. No fewer than 728 provincial
representatives served, 163 died and by late 1915 - before conscription - it
was estimated that 10,000 active rugby club players from throughout New Zealand
had volunteered for service.
year marks the centenary of a number of WW1 battles, and while we may know the
stories of those terrible conflicts, there is something very special about
putting the faces and personal stories to those experiences. The exhibition
explores the impact those hostilities have had on New Zealand’s signature sport
and will engage visitors with players’ personal stories against a backdrop of a
nation at war.
Bullets and Boots will take you through a rugby club room, down into the
trenches and more, while viewing a selection of historic objects, memorabilia
and multimedia dramatisations,” Ms Robinson adds.
and Hank Murney Room was remodelled from a vacant area in the Art Gallery and
Heritage Centre, into a state-of-the-art exhibition space, thanks to the
generosity of the Hank Murney Family Trust.
first touring exhibition comes courtesy of the Rugby Museum and is based on
research undertaken by Clive Akers for an e-book of the same name.
exhibition is suitable for all ages, with activities for children running
throughout the exhibition.
Bullets and Boots: From Rugby Field to Battlefield and Back will be open at the
Ashburton Museum from Saturday 23 September until Sunday 12 November.