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ATC: 75 Years

Celebrating 75 Years of the Air Training Corps in New Zealand



This exhibition is a compilation of stories, anecdotes, photos and film, marking 75 years since the formation of this Air Force-based youth organisation.

Originally formed during World War Two to help recruit young men for the Air Force, the Air Training Corps (ATC) has evolved through the decades to become one of the largest, and most diverse youth organisations in the country. Once an official part of the RNZAF, since 1971 it has operated through a partnership between the NZDF and the community, under the auspices of the New Zealand Cadet Forces.

2016 marked 75 years since the ATC was first formed in New Zealand. To celebrate this significant milestone, we asked former cadets to share with us their memories and reflections of their time ‘in uniform’. This exhibition is a compilation of those shared stories, anecdotes, photos and film. Together, they provide an engaging, humorous, and inspiring insight into the experiences of those who have been part of the ATC across eight decades.

On display in the mezzanine, Level 1.




80 Years in 80 Stories

This landmark project has been created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

Caldwell Gallery

Named in honour of one of New Zealand’s most famous World War One airmen, Keith Caldwell, this gallery has a full-scale replica Sopwith Pup biplane as its centrepiece.

Canterbury Stories

‘Canterbury Stories’ is a part of the ‘Canterbury 100’ collaborative project, a joint venture between some of the leading cultural institutions of Canterbury, to mark the centenary of World War One.


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  • Memorial Alcove
  • Roll of Honour
  • ATC: 75 Years
  • Canterbury Stories