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Balls, Bullets and Boots exhibition

Balls, Bullets and Boots explores the impact that the First World War hostilities had on New Zealand’s signature sport and its sportspeople.

Dave Gallaher

Under development by New Zealand’s national Rugby Museum, is an engaging, interactive multimedia exhibition that looks at the legacy of the First World War, as viewed through the eyes of XV New Zealand rugby players – those from every background, those who served and those who stayed behind, those that came back and those that did not return. 
Interactive multimedia stations, will allow the exhibition visitor to engage with the player’s personal stories against a backdrop of the social context of a nation at war. Central to this idea will be an exploration of the relevance and power of a key metaphor of the time – namely that rugby was considered to be a ‘soldier-making game’ grooming men of the Dominion for warfare...
Several hands-on history activities will be incorporated into the experience along with participatory elements, and supporting public programmes. An identified gap in First World War rugby literature will be addressed by the provision of a downloadable e-book that will expand on the exhibition themes and stories of the players.
Once the exhibition has closed at the host venue in Palmerston North, New Zealand in November 2015, it will be available to tour nationally and internationally to complement Rugby World Cup 2015 celebrations and First World War commemoration events around the world until 2018. Please contact Museum Director Stephen Berg on [email protected] for more information.
Exhibition supported by the NZ WW1 Lottery Commemorations Fund, the Eastern and Central Trust and Infinity Foundation.

Tour details

This activity is being worked on from
May 2015
Date added: 24 January 2014 | Last updated: 20 September 2017