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Rites of Passage

Thursday 30th June 2022

(One of the 70+ events being held during Tuku 22 Whakatū Heritage Months.)

Following her talk at the Suter Gallery*, Te Papa senior curator, fashion historian and author Claire Regnault offers closer exploration of clothing associated with rites of passage - marriage, childbirth and mourning - at Broadgreen House.  

While many museum collections are bursting at the seams with wedding dresses, clothing associated with maternity and mourning are much rarer. For her book 'Dressed: Fashionable dress in Aotearoa New Zealand 1840 to 1910', Broadgreen House came to her rescue with two stunning maternity gowns from either end of the 19th century.

(* Refer to separate listing called 'Unpicking Dressed').

Runs and Green or Orange. Facemasks are required to be worn.

To view the full Tuku 22 programme, go to the It’s On home page and click on the Tuku22 logo.

Family Friendly Free


June 30




Nelson & suburbs


Broadgreen Historic House
276 Nayland Road, Stoke, Nelson
Booking recommended: phone 547 0403 or email

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