Highlights

Kount Five Plus Two

Kount Five Plus Two

Step back in time and view the wonderful attire through the decades.

3D Models

3D Models

Explore some of our 3D models created from collection objects using meticulous photography and photogrammetry processing.

Oral Histories

Oral Histories

A selection of highlights from Puke Ariki's Oral Histories Collection

Furry Companions

Furry Companions

Delve into a captivating journey through time as you explore a selection of images of heartwarming moments between people and their beloved pets. From cherished companionships to candid pictures of joy and loyalty, each photograph offers a poignant glimpse into the timeless bond shared between humans and their furry friends. Celebrate National Pet Day on April 11th 2024 with your furry friend.

50 Years Of Clay

50 Years Of Clay

From 1989 – 2003 these ceramics are all New Plymouth Potters Supreme Award winners. New Plymouth Potters provides a shared studio and exhibition space in Te Henui Vicarage for over 100 members, supporting them to develop and refine their ceramic skills. Each year the group has a shared exhibition and invites a well-known potter to judge the entries. Throughout the 1990s, the then Taranaki Museum purchased the winning entry and each one can be seen here. Explore the pieces, and see how styles have changed over time. Come into Te Pua Wananga o Taranaki | Taranaki Research Centre on the second floor of the library to see these on display in the exhibition 50 years of clay.

Retro Interiors

Retro Interiors

Step back in time and indulge in a little nostalgia! This highlight from the Puke Ariki photograph collection showcases glorious retro interiors from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Enjoy the visual feast of floral Axminster carpets, wire chairs and wood-panelled walls! What are your favourite design features from these eras?

Stratford Dance

Stratford Dance

This series of photographs was taken during a dance at the Stratford Hall in the 1960s by Bernard Woods Studio. Only some of the dancers have been identified – do you see anyone you know?
Puke Ariki cares for more than 110,000 images in the Swainson/Woods Collection that were generated by the New Plymouth based businesses, Swainson's Studios and Bernard Woods Studio, between 1923 and 1997. With the help of the Taranaki community a large number of people have already been identified.