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National Museum of the Royal Navy welcomes artefacts

image1It was a moving end to an important journey – on the afternoon of Thursday 12 May, the HMS New Zealand piupiu, along with the ship’s bell hanger, honours board, and the HMS Queen Mary ring bolt were welcomed to the National Museum of the Royal Navy. The London Ngati Ranana based welcomed the artefacts to the UK with karakias and waiatas.

A small group gathered in the gallery where the ’36 hours:Jutland’ exhibition was taking shape as the travelling crates were opened and the four objects unveiled to the NMRN staff.

Having previously only seen the objects via thumbnail images, many were blown away to see them first hand. In particular, it was noted the power that the presence of the piupiu had.
The objects will be installed in their cases over the next few days with the exhibition opening to the public on Wed 18 May.
Image caption: Lt CDR Ian Andrew, RNZN, Logistics Adviser, New Zealand Defence Staff London, Matthew Sheldon, Director Collections & Research NMRN, and the Ngati Ranana cultural group look over the HMS NZ piupiu.
Posted on May 16, 2016
Filed under: Commemorating Jutland - 100 years on

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