Professional Mounting of the Shaw gown !

June 17, 2018



Awesome experience!! The Western Bay Museum is bursting with ideas for their new exhibition 'Suffrage 125' and opened their doors on 1st June 2018 for you all to see! If you missed the mounting watch the above video kindly provided by the NZHerald and don't forget to come to the museum and see the gown in all her fabulous glory.


2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.  On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.


Te Papa National Services Te Paerangi, Expert Knowledge Exchange Programme approved a visit from Sam Gatley, Conservator of Textile and Costume who came to the Western Bay Museum to mount an 1860s gown for the build up to the opening of “Suffrage 125" Exhibition.

Conservator of Textiles & Costume

Sam Gatley

MA Conservation and Mounting of Costume

BA (Hons) Costume Interpretation

Senior Textile Display Specialists



  Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK 

Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, UK

Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol

The Pitt Rivers Museum, London

The Horniman Museum, London

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

Western Bay Museum, “The Killen Gown” 2016

This support is not a given, only some of the 500 museums in NZ are selected so we feel extremely privileged and proud to welcome Sam.


Western Bay Museum opens its doors to the public for most of the four days that Sam will be here.


This experience allowed an insight into the skills, qualifications and science behind the scenes of reputable museums all over the world.


It also educates students on career opportunities within the GLAM sector, Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.  There are so many careers within the GLAM sector and unless our students actually experience something like this they would never know.


If you wish to watch a professional conservator at work make sure you check out the dates and times available above. You'll be disappointed if you miss this awesome opportunity!


Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page as there are lots of events planned. Want to take part in a writing competition? Re-enactment of a suffrage march?  Not forgetting the opening of the Suffrage 125 exhibition!




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