From one Wellington teenage girl to another. In Leila Barber's valedictory speech as Head Girl of Samuel Marsden Collegiate in 2020, she finds Katherine Mansfield's writing as a teenager captures something pretty special: the gloriousness of teenage girls.
During the Victorian era, printers experimented with a range of different techniques to reproduce original drawings. Developments in printing techniques, including engraving and lithography, allowed for mass printing. Many of the pictures on display at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden are copies of Victorian prints.
1965. New Zealand literary luminaries Frank Sargeson and Dame Ngaio Marsh pose for a photograph, walking beneath the Katherine Mansfield Memorial at the south end of Fitzherbert Terrace in Thorndon. Just a few years later, that Memorial was gone and a new one had appeared just a few hundred metres away. So what happened?
Katherine Mansfield House & Garden’s recent re-interpretation introduced a number of new artworks to the house. From the Queen of Sheba to Mediterranean maidens, find out the story behind each of these four artworks, then come and find them in the house!
Katherine Mansfield rarely fails to be relevant. Even now, in this time of COVID-19, Mansfield’s experience offers insight. From the cholera and typhoid outbreaks of her youth, to the 1918 influenza pandemic and the tuberculosis that would cause her death, Mansfield was no stranger to public health emergencies.
Who was Boris Petrovsky? Lily Heron? Julian Mark? Despite the pseudonyms, Professor Jane Stafford suggests Mansfield's poetry is where we glimpse the true Mansfield, Mansfield 'unplugged'. (Click title to read full post)
We are almost halfway through our planned time closed for reinterpretation at Katherine Mansfield House & Garden. As with any building work, we have experienced our fair share of delays and complications. However, we can update you on some progress!
In anticipation of restoration work on Katherine Mansfield House & Garden this year, here is an overview of changes that 25 Tinakori Road has gone through from its initial construction in 1888 to its opening as Katherine Mansfield Birthplace. (Click title to read full post)
KMHG’s lovely small John Broadwood & Sons piano was sounding very off key. An attempt to have it tuned turned into an opportunity to learn more about a very special object in the museum collection. (Click title to read full post)
The construction of Wellington's urban motorway came at a cost to Thorndon's built heritage, including a former home of Katherine Mansfield - the setting for some of her best-known New Zealand stories. It also resulted in community lobbying for protection of built heritage, which helped ensure the preservation of Mansfield's birthplace. (Click title to read full post)
Hamilton Gardens' newest garden has been arranged to show a slice of early 20th-century New Zealand, drawing on Katherine Mansfield's story 'The Garden Party'.
We are lucky to have a huge quantity of letters left behind by the Bloomsbury Group. Their letters expressing love and hate give us a unique window into their personal lives and relationships. (Click title to read full post)
There’s something about historic Victorian homes that modern visitors find slightly unnerving. Why is that, and why are so many aspects of the Victorian life now associated with creepiness? (Click title to read full post)
Aleister Crowley is best known as one of the most famous occultists in the world. He created a new religious philosophy called Thelema, and collaborated with artist Lady Frieda Harris to create the Thoth tarot deck. He was a mountaineer, writer, and painter - and a conterversial figure, then and today. (Click title to read full post)
At Katherine Mansfield House & Garden there is a tree that is perhaps often overlooked. Leaning over the driveway, it sheds fruit every autumn. It’s the medlar tree, a tree with deep roots in history and literature - mentioned by everyone from Chaucer to D.H. Lawrence. (Click title to read full post)
It's Spring and despite slashing southerlies, flowers are everywhere. Katherine Mansfield once declared that if she only had sixpence left for a meal, a bunch of violets for the table would come first. Her love of flowers and the natural world runs through all her work, both published short stories and her diaries and journals. (Click title to read full post)
Katherine Mansfield loved clothes. Mansfield’s mercurial personality and style were clearly so arresting that we have many descriptions of her clothes. (Click title to read full post)
The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society's successful nomination for Anzac of the Year 2015. (Click title to read full post)
It is remarkable Katherine Mansfield produced as much work as she did, if you take into account the constant motion of her life after leaving New Zealand for the last time in 1908. (Click title to read full post)