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Knitters unite for museum's ANZAC exhibition

Thu 23 Apr 2015 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The nation’s lesbian museum will open a special exhibition on ANZAC Day commemorating the contribution of women during World War One. The Charlotte Museum Trust says its Invulved exhibition showcases the art of lesbian and lesbian-friendly knitters from across New Zealand, commemorating the knitters of World War One. It says the exhibition also “queers the ANZAC poppy, offering an alternative narrative”. Between 1914 and 1918 unknown numbers of women participated in World War One as knitters. In 2015, numerous women participated in the centennial commemorations for World War One soldiers by knitting poppies for display at war memorials across New Zealand and Australia. “But the Charlotte Museum Trust put a call to New Zealand women to knit for themselves, and to knit in remembrance of the women who knitted from 1914-1918, a call you might say, to get Invulved.” The exhibition will be opened on Saturday 25 April from 2-4pm, featuring a talk by the museum’s director Dr Nadia Gush, followed by afternoon tea. The exhibition will then be open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1-4pm. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. The Charlotte Museum is at 8a Bentinck Street, New Lynn.      

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Thursday, 23rd April 2015 - 11:47am

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