War exhibits readied

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.
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 months ago.

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.

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