Toitu Otago Settlers Museum visitor experience manager Kirsty Glengarry holds a saddle believed to have been used by a member of the Otago Mounted Rifles Regiment during World War 1. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A ''Dunedin's Great War'' exhibition at the Toitu Otago
Settlers Museum will feature more than 100 exhibits, but
there will be absolutely ''no preaching''.
Toitu visitor experience manager Kirsty Glengarry made that
point this week as preparations continue for the show, which
opens on August 1 and runs until May 3 next year. Museum
officials said about 1900 people from the greater Dunedin
area died in World War 1.
''Their deaths, and the physical and mental scars borne by
thousands more who served and returned, changed the city
forever,'' officials said.
Ms Glengarry said the exhibition aimed to provide information
and to be thought-provoking but would also be inclusive in
its approach, and would avoid ''preaching''.
Exhibition developer Will McKee said preparations started 18
The exhibition would include ''home'' and ''away'' sections,
acknowledging not only the soldiers from Dunedin, but also
other people, such as members of the Otago Women's Patriotic
Association, who provided strong support, including through
their knitting efforts, for the troops.
Also included was information about some people who had
dissented over the war, he said.