The Museum Project

 

Our Vision

After seven years of planning, The Trust has purchased the historic former mayoral residence and surrounding gardens in Le Quesnoy, France. We are now raising funds to repurpose the mansion into a permanent museum. The museum will exhibit interactive and precious historic collections, focusing on New Zealand’s military involvement in Europe and our significant contributions in both World Wars: a way of telling New Zealand soldiers’ stories. An integral part of the experience will provide resources to allow research into the location of New Zealand soldiers’ graves in Europe. The unveiling of the museum will take place on 4th November 2018 to mark the centenary of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand soldiers. This occasion will be a significant celebration for the town as well as for the New Zealand Government and Armed Forces.

 
 
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The Museum And Tourism

This unique project is being carried out in cooperation with the Le Quesnoy town council and aims to support and contribute to the local French community. A portion of the main entrance will be shared space with the town’s tourist information office and staffed by the town, which will increase tourist awareness of the museum and cement the partnership with the town as well as optimise staffing costs.

 
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The Museum Development

In addition to the mansion’s conversion, existing outer buildings in the gardens will be repurposed into self-catering accommodation for travelling visitors, which will increase revenue to the overall project and partially offset museum operating costs. In a subsequent phase, a secondary building will be constructed and annexed to the mansion to increase the overall exhibition area to an optimal size for this scale of museum. Once the new building works are complete, there will be a total of 1000 sqm of exhibition space, with separate levels dedicated to WWI and WWII, the air battle over Europe in WWII, the tunnellers work in WWI, and a research centre

 
 
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Members of the Trust

 
 

PATRON

Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
ONZ SSI

TRUSTEES

Rt. Hon. Sir Donald McKinnon
ONZ GCVO PC - Chair

Mark Hall

Brett Hewson

Britson (Buddy) Mikaere

Greg Moyle (Maj. Retd)

Rt. Hon. Sir Lockwood Smith
KNZM PhD

Michele Whitecliffe

STRATEGIC ADVISERS

Celia Caughey

Andrew Collow

Neil Ingram

Peter McKinnon

Kerry Underhill

FOUNDER AND GENERAL SECRETARY

Herb H Farrant

FRIENDS EMERITUS OF LE QUESNOY

Dame Jenny Gibbs
DNZM

Rt. Hon. Lt. Gen. Sir Jerry Mateparae
GNZM, QSO, KS

Rt. Hon. Sir Anand Satyanand
GNZM, QSO, KStJ

 
 

Premium Partner

 

Westpac aims to grow NZ and we’re proud to support the New Zealand War Memorial Museum in Le Quesnoy in remembering Kiwis’ contributions in both World Wars. westpac.co.nz/growingnz

 
 
 

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