Auckland Libraries: Playing dress up

Playing dress up with Marguerite Hill

Wednesday 10 April 12pm to 1pm Free

Join Auckland Council heritage researcher, Marguerite Hill, and hear her talk about the fancy dress costumes in New Zealand museum collections.

Miss Laking.
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 31-68724. Photographer Hermann John Schmidt, 1911.

Historically, New Zealanders have loved dressing up. From patriotic fundraisers and Sunday school picnics to historical reconstructions and the Rugby Sevens, Kiwis seem to find any excuse to put on fancy dress. New Zealand museum collections yield a surprising number of surviving fancy dress costumes as well as a wealth of photographs.

Bio: Marguerite Hill is a Heritage Researcher at Auckland Council. She has previously worked as Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum and Project Curator History at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Her interest in historical dress began as an Assistant Collection Manager History and Textiles at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.


About HeritageTalks

Are you interested in family and local history; the historical stories of New Zealand, the Pacific, and beyond?


Then why not come along to one of our HeritageTalks - Waha pū-taonga and hear more about both our personal and our shared heritage? Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories. 


HeritageTalks take place at least fortnightly, in the Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library unless otherwise stated. Booking is recommended although not essential.


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Miss Laking.
Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections, 31-68724. Photographer Hermann John Schmidt, 1911.

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