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Fancy a cuppa? Today is International Tea Day, a day that recognizes the significance of tea – one of the most consumed drinks in the world.
Whether you enjoy Earl Grey or Gumboot, why not put your feet up and enjoy a brew with these tea-related images from our collection.

You can view even more photos of people enjoying tea in our online photo library ▶ fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/?q=tea

Find out more about International Tea Day here: www.un.org/en/observances/tea-day

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Fancy a cuppa? Today is International Tea Day, a day that recognizes the significance of tea – one of the most consumed drinks in the world. 
Whether you enjoy Earl Grey or Gumboot, why not put your feet up and enjoy a brew with these tea-related images from our collection.

You can view even more photos of people enjoying tea in our online photo library ▶ https://fotoweb.airforcemuseum.co.nz/fotoweb/archives/5003-Search-the-Collection/?q=tea 

Find out more about International Tea Day here: https://www.un.org/en/observances/tea-day

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Very sturdy looking cups. They look like they would bounce on a tile floor.

Dave Homewood Who is this guy Dave?

Ah juice of the empire.

Lauren, Leon. ☕

Gill Charity Tea

Simone Beguico Flores Ideas

I have this cup inherited from my parents. I never knew it’s provenance. Can you tell me?

Efren KZ Beguico Flores

The great thing about preserving items like these is you are always learning. This is the first time I have seen the RNZAF crown on a cup made by anyone other than Crown Lynn NZ or Bristile Australia. Thanks for sharing.

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If you thought assembling a model aircraft was a big job, try a full size Blériot! 😜

The aircraft will be suspended from our Atrium ceiling in the near future. Until it goes up, there's an opportunity to admire it from up close. You'll find it right in the centre of the Atrium as you enter the Museum, don't miss out!

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If you thought assembling a model aircraft was a big job, try a full size Blériot! 😜

The aircraft will be suspended from our Atrium ceiling in the near future. Until it goes up, theres an opportunity to admire it from up close. Youll find it right in the centre of the Atrium as you enter the Museum, dont miss out!

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Today is International Museum Day, and one of its themes this year is 'community building through education'. We at the Air Force Museum are incredibly fortunate to have Chris Davey on board as our Education Officer, and who better to talk about this year's Museum Day theme than the man himself? We hope you enjoy reading this short piece Chris wrote below as much as we did. Happy #InternationalMuseumDay !

How lucky we are. Lucky that we live in a peaceful corner of the world. Fortunate that those who came before us fought for our freedom and a peaceful way of life. Privileged that we have a Defence Force that is trained to fight & protect, but primarily gets to spend time doing just the opposite – helping, at home and all around the world. These are teaching points that make me truly happy when providing education programmes to groups from within our community. We should never take these things for granted.

Even if a group has come to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand for a programme on the theory of flight, or to learn about simple machines, they will be exposed to this concept. It starts at the Museum’s Roll of Honour where groups of all ages are briefed, not just on having a safe visit, but on what this Museum is about – he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata – the people, the people, the people. There are stories here; stories of sacrifice, stories of bravery and stories of service; service to our country that creates a sense of community and belonging. Yes, there are some pretty cool aircraft here as well, but they are just a fraction of our collection of taonga tuku iho – treasures passed down to us.

As a trained primary school teacher who loves all things to do with aircraft and the Air Force, I was lucky enough to gain employment as the Education Officer, here at the Air Force Museum, some sixteen years ago. The job is just too good to give up! With a range of free Air Force-related programmes that include both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and history to deliver, and the ever-changing world we live in, there is never a dull moment and a new challenge awaits around every corner. Plus, there are the added benefits of working for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) – staying on Air Force bases, working at air shows, and several amazing flying experiences that would make any keen flyer rather jealous…

With the support of our wonderful Visitor Hosts, our Research Team and the wider Museum Team, I take pride in being able to offer both predesigned and tailored programmes, free of charge, to thousands of visitors per year. One day could see a group of pre-schoolers visiting for a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ and Museum Hunt, and the next could involve delivering a series of learning experiences about the RNZAF’s role in the World War Two Pacific Islands to senior high school students. At times, I could spend a whole week teaching theory of flight to school groups and, while some would question the repetitive nature of this, every group is different; be it in age, background, school culture, or levels of prior knowledge. As the Museum Director (often) says, ‘flexibility is the key to airpower’. Note: I don’t actually hold any airpower, but I’m certainly flexible!

#IMD2022

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Today is International Museum Day, and one of its themes this year is community building through education. We at the Air Force Museum are incredibly fortunate to have Chris Davey on board as our Education Officer, and who better to talk about this years Museum Day theme than the man himself? We hope you enjoy reading this short piece Chris wrote below as much as we did. Happy #InternationalMuseumDay !

How lucky we are. Lucky that we live in a peaceful corner of the world. Fortunate that those who came before us fought for our freedom and a peaceful way of life. Privileged that we have a Defence Force that is trained to fight & protect, but primarily gets to spend time doing just the opposite – helping, at home and all around the world. These are teaching points that make me truly happy when providing education programmes to groups from within our community. We should never take these things for granted.

Even if a group has come to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand for a programme on the theory of flight, or to learn about simple machines, they will be exposed to this concept. It starts at the Museum’s Roll of Honour where groups of all ages are briefed, not just on having a safe visit, but on what this Museum is about – he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata – the people, the people, the people. There are stories here; stories of sacrifice, stories of bravery and stories of service; service to our country that creates a sense of community and belonging. Yes, there are some pretty cool aircraft here as well, but they are just a fraction of our collection of taonga tuku iho – treasures passed down to us.

As a trained primary school teacher who loves all things to do with aircraft and the Air Force, I was lucky enough to gain employment as the Education Officer, here at the Air Force Museum, some sixteen years ago. The job is just too good to give up! With a range of free Air Force-related programmes that include both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and history to deliver, and the ever-changing world we live in, there is never a dull moment and a new challenge awaits around every corner. Plus, there are the added benefits of working for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) – staying on Air Force bases, working at air shows, and several amazing flying experiences that would make any keen flyer rather jealous…

With the support of our wonderful Visitor Hosts, our Research Team and the wider Museum Team, I take pride in being able to offer both predesigned and tailored programmes, free of charge, to thousands of visitors per year. One day could see a group of pre-schoolers visiting for a ‘Behind the Scenes Tour’ and Museum Hunt, and the next could involve delivering a series of learning experiences about the RNZAF’s role in the World War Two Pacific Islands to senior high school students. At times, I could spend a whole week teaching theory of flight to school groups and, while some would question the repetitive nature of this, every group is different; be it in age, background, school culture, or levels of prior knowledge. As the Museum Director (often) says, ‘flexibility is the key to airpower’. Note: I don’t actually hold any airpower, but I’m certainly flexible!

#IMD2022

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For those interested, learn more about International Museum Day here: icom.museum/en/our-actions/events/international-museum-day/

Want to find out more about Chris' awesome education programmes? Visit our website: www.airforcemuseum.co.nz/learn/

Cant say I've ever met this guy its always good to talk to other knowledgeable people not many folks know how complex a bristol Hercules engine is

Well said Chris

Beautifully written Chris.

If it helps, Chris Davey , I think I can still recite your lesson on Air. And possibly the Radar Room

Yeah, great to work with you Chris. It's a fantastic place to be

Chris is fabulous…. Just sayin’ 😊

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