Growing Heritage at Special Collections with Published and Special Collections Liaison Curator Alexander Ritchie
Friday 6 October – Three tour times available: 11-11:45am, 3-3:45pm or 5:30-6:15pm
Highlights will include a Book of Hours from the Middle Ages, an early English book on salad greens, and some colourful poems from across the centuries. The tour will highlight the generosity of three generations of a notable Dunedin family.
A family-friendly event that is free to attend. Meet on the ground floor of the University Central Library beside Ask Otago. Numbers are limited to 10 people per tour and booking is essential: +64 3 479 8868 or email@example.com.
Guided Tour of Fortune - Hocken Gallery
Saturday 7 October, 1-1:30pm
Join Hope Wilson, Curator Art, for a 30 min tour of Fortune by Bev Moon, a family feast lovingly made from knitted wool.
Auckland-based artist Bev Moon (Cantonese, Taishanese) explores cultural constructs through drawing, sculpture, painting, and textiles. Moon's work is exhibited alongside archival material from the Hocken Collections, the New Zealand Chinese Heritage Research Charitable Trust, and private collections.
A public play-reading of ‘Establishment’ by Emily Duncan
Saturday 7 October, 2–3:30pm
Hocken Collections Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Ave
A reading of this new play researched and written by Dunedin playwright and dramaturg Dr Emily Duncan. ‘Establishment’ explores and celebrates a range of 20th century food venues and the people who dined and worked there.
This project has been made possible by the Friends of the Hocken Collections Award 2022.
In addition to the Hocken Collections, Dr Duncan has consulted Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, the McNab Room at Dunedin Public Library, and the National Library. Free to attend but bookings essential.
Tour of the Hocken art stack
Friday 13 October, 11-11:30am
Hope Wilson, Curator Art, offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the Hocken's art collection. Tour starts at the Hocken Collections reception. Free to attend but bookings are required. Please contact the Hocken Collections on 03 479 8868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Lantern and lucky cat making workshop| Bev Moon
Saturday 12 August 2023
Join artist Bev Moon for a lantern and lucky cat making workshop in the Hocken Seminar Room. All ages welcome.
Nirun | Sorawit Songsataya
Saturday 8 July 2023
Please join us for an informal forum-style discussion about the ‘Nirun’ exhibition with artist Sorawit Songsataya, Hocken Art Curator Hope Wilson, and ‘Nirun’ publication contributors Hanahiva Rose, Moewai Marsh, Madison Kelly and Robyn Maree Pickens.
Saturday 18 March 2023
Sorawit Songsataya will guide visitors through Nirun, a solo exhibition of new artwork produced during their time as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow in 2022.
Professor Robert G Patman: 9/11 and the Emerging Global Order
12 August 2021
Since the late 1980s, the world has experienced a turbulent and prolonged transition to a new international order. If 9/11 demonstrated anything it is that extraordinary national power is no guarantee against political and security challenges in an interconnected world. But it must be acknowledged the massive military response of the Bush leadership to 9/11 and also the counterterrorist policies of subsequent administrations have cast a long shadow.
The 'war on terror' emphasized pre-emptive war and US global primacy and generated expensive, bloody and unproductive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Islamophobia, the global financial crisis of 2008/9, the rise of national populism, increasing attacks on the multilateral rules-based system and COVID-19 are among the factors shaping the international transition.
The trajectory of change is toward a post-hegemonic world in which small and middle powers play a larger international role, but the journey ahead is an uncertain and complex one.
Robert G Patman is one of the University of Otago's inaugural Sesquicentennial Distinguished Chairs and Professor of International Relations and provides regular contributions to the national and international media on global issues and events. Robert is the author or editor of 13 books covering a wide range of topics relating to international affairs, global security, 9/11 and foreign policy.
He is currently writing a volume called Rethinking the Global Impact of 9/11 (Palgrave Macmillan, late 2021).
Robert is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, and Honorary Professor of the New Zealand Defence Command and Staff College.
Professor Sonja Tiernan: 'No woman must take a man's job': Women and anti-conscription during World War One
29 July 2021
In the wake of centenary commemorations of the First World War, this talk showcases an aspect that national commemorative events failed to appropriately observe; those who campaigned against war and military conscription. With a focus particularly on female activists in Ireland and Britain, compared with that of New Zealand and Australia. In anticipation of the Archibald Baxter Peace Garden and national memorial for conscientious objectors opening in Dunedin.
Sonja Tiernan is the Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies and co-director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago.
Dr Matthew Schmidt: Dunedin's Changing Shoreline: A city built on reclamation
17 June 2021
This talk will walk listeners through the changing shape of Dunedin City from a small town built on hills and swampy areas next to the harbour shore, to a city built on the extensive reclamation of the harbour. The story of Dunedin's' reclamation is the story of the rising wealth and prosperity of New Zealand's once richest city.
Dr Matthew Schmidt is the Senior Heritage Advisor Kaitohu Matua Taonga Tuku Iho Southern South Island for Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation. He was formally an independent heritage consultant and a Senior Archaeologist for Heritage New Zealand based in Dunedin. Matt has also been the New Zealand International Correspondent for the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO for 13 years for whom he writes a paper annually on heritage conservation projects he has been involved in. Matt's interests in heritage span all periods of New Zealand's history and he has a particular interest in early Maori cultural heritage sites, contact period sites and sites related to pastoralism and gold mining.
Professor Richard Jackson: Responding to Christchurch – Lessons and evidence from 20 years of War on Terror
22 April 2021
The recent Royal Commission Report has made a number of recommendations about how to respond to the Christchurch terrorist attacks. This talk will examine what lessons, if any, can be taken from two decades of the war on terror, what research evidence can guide the government as it seeks to put the recommendations into effect, and what challenges there are in responding to the threat of terrorist actors.
Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and the current Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and the author or editor of 14 books and more than 100 articles and papers on terrorism, political violence and conflict resolution.
Dr Peter Simpson – Talk about McCahon at the Hocken
17 April 2021
Leading Auckland-based arts academic, writer, curator and McCahon scholar, Dr Peter Simpson presents a talk about McCahon at the Hocken in conjunction with the Hocken Pictorial Collection exhibition Colin McCahon: A Constant Flow of Light.
Diana Brown: Researching the Unconventional Career of Dr Muriel Bell
11 February 2021
Diana Brown's recent biography of Dr Muriel Bell relied heavily on the Hocken Library's collection of papers from Otago Medical School. Diana will share her experiences in researching in the archives on the life of this prominent Dunedin doctor, scientist and scholar. Dr Bell's Papers joined the register for New Zealand's Memory of the World in 2020.
Diana will talk about Dr Bell's views on public health and personal health in New Zealand in the 1920s-1970s. A pioneering woman scientist, Muriel Bell devoted her life to nutrition research from a public health perspective. As the first appointed state nutritionist, she investigated nutritional problems unique to New Zealanders. Her contribution to the success of public health initiatives in the mid-20th century included promoting good nutrition, quality assurance of school milk and campaigning for water fluoridation.
Diana Brown graduated from Otago with a Master's degree in History in 2006. She focused on the history of public health research at Otago Medical School. Otago University Press published her biography of Dr Muriel Bell in 2018.
Dr Bryan Lintott: Electronic Exploration of Antarctica: the Scott Polar Research Institute and Radio Echo Sounding, 1967-83.
26 November 2020
The Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI) pioneered airborne radio echo sounding (RES). Between 1967 and 1979, SPRI in conjunction with the National Science Foundation and Technical University of Denmark, mapped - through the ice - over half of Antarctica from U.S. Navy planes equipped with RES and, later, a magnetometer. In 1983, this research culminated in the publication of the 'Antarctica: Glaciological and Geophysical Folio'.
The RES-CU project, a one-year post-doc by the speaker, examined the remaining SPRI RES 1967-83 equipment, and discovered additional material and data. A series of oral histories were produced; and the journals, personnel and scientific, of Dr Charles Swithinbank were located. The project contributed to contemporary research through digitisation and analysis of the original RES films.
The presentation will provide an historical overview of the science and technology, a review of the RES-CU project and open a discussion on the history of Antarctic science and its contemporary relevance.
Dr Lintott is based at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, and the University of Tromsø where he is an Associate Professor II in Polar Aviation History and Heritage. He serves as Secretary-General of the ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee. An alumnus of Gateway Antarctica, his PhD was on Scott's and Shackleton's Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations.
Professor Chris Brickell. James Courage: His Life and Diaries
Thursday 12th November 5.30pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Chris's edited volume of James Courage's diaries will be published by OUP in mid 2021. He discusses getting to know this expatriate gay New Zealander by reading his remarkably rich life writing. Chris will draw from Courage's diaries and other materials as he speaks about this complicated and engaging writer.
A foyer display of material from the Hocken Collections relating to James Courage will open at the Hocken Library on Monday 9th November.
Courage Day (also called International Day of the Imprisoned Writer) is observed on the 15th of November each year. Courage Day, named after author James Courage, recognises writers who defend the right to free speech, and those who suffer oppression and are killed/imprisoned for their work.
Whakapapa Research Panel with Dr Anaru Eketone and Megan Potiki
Wednesday 4th November 10-11.30am
Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin
Join us for kōrero with Dr Anaru Eketone (nō Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato iwi) and Megan Potiki (nō Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Te Āti Awa iwi) on researching whakapapa, and the ethics of researching whakapapa.
Megan is the Coordinator of the Master of Indigenous Studies (MIndS) programme and Lecturer in reo, tikanga and Ngāi Tahu papers for Te Tumu, School of Māori Pacific and Indigenous Studies at the University of Otago.
Anaru is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Otago with a background in youth work, community development, social work and health promotion.
Free. Nau mai haramai, all welcome.
Please rsvp with Jacinta, Kaitiaki Mātauranga Māori at the Hocken: email@example.com by Tuesday 3 November.
Friends of the Hocken Collections Talk Series Programme - Signing of the Treaty in the South
Wednesday 15th July, Seminar Room, Hocken Library
Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:
Ōtākou kaumātua Edward Ellison will present an extended version of the very important presentation he made on Waitangi Day this year. After much research he has been able to provide convincing background to our understanding of the process by which the Treaty of Waitangi was taken around the southern South Island and the signatures of significant Māori leaders obtained.
Saturday, 1 February, 2pm.
Hocken Gallery, First Floor
Join 2019 Frances Hodgkins Fellow Imogen Taylor for a tour of her exhibition 'Sapphic Fragments' featuring new paintings made over the course of her Fellowship year.
Tuia – Southern Encounters Public Programme
An unfolding programme of talks, screenings and discussions around the exhibition's core themes. All events are free to attend, all welcome. Parking on Anxac Ave, Albany, Minerva and Parry Sts. Mobility parking end of Parry St.
Artist and Curator Floor Talk
Saturday 2 November, 2pm
Hocken Gallery, First floor
Hocken Librarian and exhibition curator Sharon Dell will discuss the art works in the exhibition with participating artists Ayesha Green and Simon Kaan.
The Puketoi Station textiles and what they can tell us
Saturday 12th October, 11am-12 noon and Wednesday 23rd October 12-1pm
Hocken Gallery, First floor
In this informal floor talk Dr Catherine Smith will discuss the different textiles and plants that form the Puketoi Station textiles, and what they show us about the people that made them and how they lived.
Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in the Archaeology programme, University of Otago and has research interests in material culture, in particular analysis of early Māori textiles, as well as developing innovation in provenancing, materials investigation, and textiles preservation. Through exploring textiles, Catherine aims to illuminate the relationships between people, plants and culture in New Zealand. She is co-PI (with Dr Donna Campbell and Mrs Ranui Ngarimu) of 'Whakaarahia anō te rā kaihau! Raise up again the billowing sail! Revitalising cultural knowledge through analysis of Te Rā, the Māori sail' (Te Apārangi Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund 2018-2020).
Tuia: Southern Encounters – Kā Taoka
Thursday 10th October, 12 – 1pm
Hocken Gallery, First floor
Please join us for a floor talk by Rachel Wesley (Kāi Tahu; Curator Māori, Otago Museum) as she discusses the context and the history of the extraordinary Otago Museum taoka included in the exhibition.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, 9-15 Mahuru | Māori Language Week, 9-15 September
All are welcome to celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori at the Hocken Collections, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin. Free. No bookings necessary.
Te Hau Kāinga during World War Two: reaching out to whānau
Rāapa 11 Mahuru | Wednesday 11 September
5.45 - 6.45pm | Hocken Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue
Māori research talk by Professor Lachy Paterson (Te Tumu, School of Māori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies) and Associate Professor Angela Wanhalla (History).
He rangahau, he whakaaro, he kōrero
Rāmere 13 Mahuru | Friday 13 September
12 - 1pm | Hocken Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue
5-minute lightning talks from Postgraduate students on their research.
A Garden of Earthly Delights extra open hours for final day of exhibition
Sunday 11 August 2019, 2-5pm
"I'm not me anymore. I am becoming an historic image"*
Wystan Curnow talks about writing on Colin McCahon
Saturday 10 August 2019, 11am
Hocken Library Seminar Room, ground floor.
Free entry, all welcome
Join us for an illuminating talk on Colin McCahon by distinguished New Zealand art critic, poet, academic and curator Wystan Curnow. While at secondary school, Curnow was a regular visitor to Auckland City Art Gallery and took painting classes there under McCahon in the 1950s. Some of his earliest art writings include reviews of dealer shows by McCahon in the 1960s and he has continued to be a champion of his work, in particular as curator of I Will Need Words, an exhibition of McCahon's word and number paintings for the 1984 Biennale of Sydney and as part of Under Capricorn: The World Over at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam in 1996.
For many years Curnow has written about McCahon in the context of twentieth-century Euro-American modernism especially alongside international figures such as Barnett Newman and Jasper Johns, as well as in the context of his remoteness from it. Currently, he is working on a book about McCahon, of which this talk will focus on.
This event coincides with McCAHON 100, a nationwide celebration of the centenary of Colin McCahon (1919-1987) in partnership with McCahon House. For more information contact Hocken Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org 03 479 8868
* Colin McCahon to Ron Reilly, 10 February 1977.
Image: Colin McCahon, I am (1954), oil on canvas: 361x555mm. Charles Brasch Bequest, 1973, Hocken Pictorial Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, 73/191. Courtesy of the Colin McCahon Research and Publication Trust.
Puaka Matariki Festival 2019 Events
Teaching and Learning in the Dark
Tuesday 25 June, 6-7pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue
Nau mai, haere mai, for a kōrero from Dr Karyn Paringatai on her innovative award-winning teaching pedagogy - Teaching and Learning in the Dark.
Come along and learn a short waiata and experience learning in the dark for yourself! All welcome for kaputī from 5.30pm
FREE. LIMITED PLACES. REGISTRATION ADVISED.
Te Tiaki Taoka Pepa Wānaka: Caring for your whānau collections
Saturday 29 June, 9.30am-4.30pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room, 90 Anzac Avenue
Nau mai, haere mai! Whānau are warmly invited to join Vicki-Anne Heikell (Nō Te Whānau-a-Apanui), Field Conservator at the Alexander Turnbull Library, for a workshop on caring for your own iwi photographs and documents. Vicki-Anne is a trained paper conservator and her role includes advising on preservation of documentary heritage collections for iwi organisations, hapū and marae-based collections.
FREE. LIMITED PLACES. REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL.
Participants please bring along a small item such as a favourite family photograph, paipera tapu, diary, whakapapa book or photo album. As part of the workshop you will be making a conservation box or folder for your own taoka. Morning and afternoon tea provided.
Friends of the Hocken Collections Talk Series Programme
Wednesday 19th June, Seminar Room, Hocken Library
Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:
In connection with the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of the University of Otago, Dr Warwick Brunton, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. His subject is:
'If we have been extinguished, yet there rise a thousand beacons from the sparks we bore': An Antipodean Appreciation of William Lauder Lindsay (1829-1880) and the establishment of the Otago Medical School.'
NZ Music Month 2019 at the Hocken Collections
Saturday 4th May, 3pm-4pm
'Good old Varsity' : Celebrating 125 years of the Otago Capping Sextet
Join in a sing-a-long of picks of Sextet songs through the years, finishing with a performance from the current Sextet of a selection of their classics.
Rude and risqué the Sextet's mandate is to sail close to the line – and sometimes to cross it – audience discretion is advised for this event!
Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday 16th May: 6pm
“Is there music for words such as these?”— Poetic fantasy and compositional process in three songs from Verlaines' Dunedin Spleen.
Dr. Graeme Downes
Senior lecturer | School of Performing Arts (Music)
The Titans. Charles Studios photographers. From David MacDonald papers. Archives Collection, MS-4760/002, Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, University of Otago.
Thursday 23 May, 1pm – 2pm
Exploring our musical worlds: Four fascinating research topics from University of Otago postgraduate students
Metitilani Alo: Otago Pacificana: O Le Folauga.
Sara Brown: Scotland's specialist music education: An ideal to aim for?
Louise Kewene-Doig: Māori experiences of the 1960s through The Māori Showband movement
Amanda Mills: The song remains the same? Remaking and reworking the popular song
Postgraduate students | Te Tumu, School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous studies and School of Performing Arts (Music)
Thursday 30 May, 6pm
Shakedown! An evening of 60s bands - The Titans and the Catlins River Boys
Travel back to the sixties for a presentation celebrating local band culture, featuring recordings not heard for decades.
Amanda Mills, Curator Music and Audio-Visual, Hocken Collections; Dr David Murray, Archivist, Hocken Collections and guests
Hocken Music Month Display
See the display at the Hocken foyer celebrating the richness of Hocken's diverse music-related collections. Opens in May, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm.
All events held at:
Hocken Library Seminar Room
University of Otago, 90 Anzac Avenue
For more information, phone: 03 479 8868
Wednesday 17th April, Seminar Room, Hocken Library
Refreshments at 5.15pm; Talk to follow:
Life on the Otago goldfields - Insights from recent excavations in Lawrence.
The presenters are Prof. Hallie Buckley and Dr Charlotte King of the Dept of Anatomy, (University of Otago) and Dr Peter Petchey (Southern Archaeology Ltd and Department of Archaeology, University of Otago).
Wed 10 April, 5:30–7:00 pm, Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum
Are you a librarian or archivist? Do you work in the heritage sector? If so this talk is for you.
Wikipedia results and previews dominate Google Search results. Organisations whose mission is making information accessible need to understand Wikipedia and have a plan for engaging with it and the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who write it. The image-repository Wikimedia Commons and the open structured database Wikidata are equally important for heritage organisations, and libraries need to be aware of the new project Wikicite, which aims to create a Wikidata object for every publication.
Dr Mike Dickison, New Zealand's first Wikipedian-at-Large, will present an overview of Wikipedia, and discuss some possible engagement strategies for heritage organisations.
Photo: Ken Downie / Bauer Media CC BY-SA
The Dunedin Hospital Art Collection: Humanising Clinical and Institutional Spaces
Presented by Christine Mulligan
16 August, 12.10p.m. - 1.00p.m.
Dr Alan Clarke initiated the Dunedin Hospital Art Collection. This presentation examines how art transforms experience of institutional space and contributes to wellbeing of patients, staff and visitors. It also identifies issues for custodial care in an ever-changing work environment, where functionalism tends to overlook the significant role of the art collection.
Christine Mulligan (MA BFA RCN) is employed by The Healthcare Otago Charitable Trust to catalogue their extensive art collection in the Dunedin and Wakari Hospitals, New Zealand. A qualified architectural technician, Christine retrained as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, graduating in 1985. After raising a family she retrained again, graduating with a Masters of Arts in Art History and Theory. Her unique background in art and nursing, and ability to read architectural plans, lets her negotiate the complex and sensitive healthcare environment.
Previously presented at the Arts and Health Conference 2017, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
This free public talk has been programmed to coincide with the 'Primary Care' exhibition at the Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hākena, which runs until 25 August 2018.
You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.
Image: Robin White, 'your HEALTH is your WEALTH', 1972, painted poster acrylic on board, Collection of Dunedin Hospital.
School of Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Sciences 70th Anniversary Launch
Sunday 8 July, 5.30pm
Hocken Collections Foyer
Friday 13 and 20 July, 12-1pm or 1-2pmHocken Library Seminar Room
For library staff, whānau and friends
Whakapapa Talk at the Hocken
Wednesday 18 July, 1-2pm
Hocken Library Seminar Room
Presented by Jacinta Beckwith and Megan Vaughan for Puaka Matariki 2018
Come half an hour early for kaputī prior to the kōrero
Saturday 21 July, 1-2pm
Barrier Ninja is a verbatim play based on the testimonies of nine people's experiences of Hauora. This holistic one-woman show examines the experiences of health – physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual caring, sharing their different experiences. Barrier Ninja has been performed within the Hauora Māori medical curriculum at the Dunedin School of Medicine, Dunedin and Wellington, University of Otago.
- Devised and performed by Fran Kewene.
- Free to attend, no bookings required.
- This performance is presented in association with the Primary Care exhibition.
Celebrate New Zealand Music Month at the Hocken Library
All events at the Hocken Library, 90 Anzac Avenue, Dunedin. Free. Open to the Public. No bookings necessary.
Thursday, 3 May, 5.30pm: Dr David Murray, Hocken Collections Archivist:
False Accents: the extraordinary manipulations of Monsieur Léon-Driver, 'the finest solo pianist who has ever visited the colonies'.
Thursday, 10 May, 1-2pm: From Beethoven to Bolan… and beyond!
Four University of Otago Department of Music, Theatre & Performing Arts Te Kāhui Tau post-graduate research talks on a fascinating range of topics:
Alison Blair: 20th Century Boys: Re-framing British Glam Rock.
Michael Holland: Historicising the Now: Contemporary Perspectives on the “Dunedin Sound"
Irene Hundleby: Kwaimani Ana Liohaua Gia-The Heart of Us: An exploration of women's music in Malaita, Solomon Islands.
David Suggate: Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis' in Relation to Jungian Archetypes.
Thursday, 17 May, 5.30pm: Dr Ian Chapman, Senior Lecturer in Music, University of Otago:
"If the homework brings you down then we'll throw it on the fire and take the car downtown" (Bowie): The Writing Adventures of a Kiwi High School Drop-out.
Saturday, 26 May, 3-4pm: Between the sheets: A sing-along of treasures in the Hocken sheet music collection
Hear excerpts from the Hocken sheet music and songbook collections and discover the stories behind these songs. Opportunities for sing-alongs will be provided, along with refreshments! Come prepared to join in!
Hocken Music Month poster wall
During May a display in the Hocken foyer will celebrate the richness of Hocken's diverse music-related collections. Open 10pm-5pm, Monday-Saturday.
Image: Norman Thorn (Roslyn Mills Kaikorai Band), Walter Sinton, and Gay Phelps (Miss New Zealand 1965). Alan Stuart photographer. Margaret and Joan Gardiner papers r.5477.