Dr Bronwyn Labrum

Honorary Research Fellow
School of Humanities

Email: Bronwyn.Labrum@tepapa.govt.nz


Websites



POSITION

Dr Bronwyn Labrum is the Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, where she leads the History and Pacific Cultures curatorial teams. She is an expert in the social and cultural history of New Zealand, the history of clothing and fashion, the history of museums, collecting and exhibitions, and the history of designed objects and artefacts. She is the author of Women’s History: Researching and Writing Women’s History in New Zealand (BWB, 1993); and co-editor of Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History (AUP, 2000); and Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa New Zealand (AUP, 2007) and the best-selling Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s (Te Papa Press), which was short-listed for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Books Awards. She has also published articles and chapters both nationally and internationally in the history of women; asylums and mental health; the history of welfare services; and material culture and museums, contributing to significant edited collections and reference works in these areas. She blogs at MATTER (bronwynlabrum@wordpress.com) about her research and writing and is active on social media.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2005   Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, School of Education, University of Waikato
  • 2000   PhD in History, Victoria University of Wellington. Thesis: ‘Family Needs and Family Desires: Discretionary state            welfare in New Zealand, 1920-1970’
  • 1990   MA in History, Massey University. Thesis: ‘Gender and Lunacy: A study of women patients at the Auckland                  Lunatic Asylum, 1870-1910’
  • 1986   BA Honours, First Class, in History, Massey University
  • 1985   BA in History, Massey University


employment

  • 2016           Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 2014           Associate Professor, School of Design, Massey University
  • 2008           Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture, Massey University (Range 2)
  • 2006           Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture, Massey University (Range 1)
  • 2001-2005    Lecturer in History, University of Waikato
  • 1996-2000    Curator, History and Textiles, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • 1995-1996    Contract Researcher, Waitangi Tribunal
  • 1992-1995    Tutor and Teaching Assistant in History, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1991            Contract Lecture in History, Victoria University of Wellington
  • 1987-1988    Tutor, Internal and Extramural courses, History Department, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • 1985-1986    Summer Researcher, The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography Unit, Department of Internal Affairs,                           Wellington


Books

  • Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s, Te Papa Press,Wellington, 2015
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, Fiona Mckergow and Stephanie Gibson, eds, Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2007
  • Dalley, Bronwyn and Bronwyn Labrum, eds, Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2000
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, Women’s History: A Short Guide to Researching and Writing Women’s History in New Zealand, Bridget Williams Books/Historical Branch, Wellington, 1993

 
Book Chapters

  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Afterword: Madness is Migration: Looking Back to Look Forward’, in Angela McCarthy and Catharine Coleborne, eds, International Perspectives on Migration, Ethnicity and Mental Health, 1840-2010, Routledge, London and New York, 2012, pp.193-201 ISBN 978-0-415-88092-3
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Phoebe Pinfold’s Pine Needle Tea Set’, in Fiona McKergow and Kerry Taylor, eds, Te Hao Nui: Object Stories from Te Manawa, Godwit, Auckland, 2011, pp. 242-247 ISBN 978-1-86979-718-8
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Kerosene-Box Chair’, in Fiona McKergow and Kerry Taylor, eds, Te Hao Nui: Object Stories from Te Manawa, Godwit, Auckland, 2011, pp.192-197 ISBN 978-1-86979-718-8
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Always Distinguishable From Outsiders’: Materialising Cultures of Clothing from Psychiatric Institutions’, in Catharine Coleborne and Dolly McKinnon, eds, Exhibiting Madness in Museums: Remembering Psychiatry through Collection and Display, Routledge, London and New York, 2011, pp.65-83 ISBN 978-0-415-89580-4
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘The Female Past and Modernity: Displaying Women and Things in New Zealand Museums, Expositions and Department Stores, 1920s-1960s’, in Beth Fowkes Tobin and Maureen Daly Goggin, eds, Material Women: Consuming Desires and Collecting Practices, 1750-1950, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2009, pp.315-140
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘The Changing Meanings and Practices of Welfare, 1840s-1990s’, in Giselle Byrnes, ed., The New Oxford History of New Zealand, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2009, pp. 389-422
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Dressing History Up: Introduction’, in Bronwyn Labrum, Fiona McKergow and Stephanie Gibson, eds, Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2007, pp.1-11
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Hand Me Downs and Respectability: Clothing and the Needy’, in Bronwyn Labrum, Fiona McKergow and Stephanie Gibson, eds, Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2007, pp.112-131
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Making Pakeha Histories in New Zealand Museums: Community and Identity in the Post-war Period’, in Simon J. Knell, Suzanne MacLeod and Sheila E.R. Watson, eds, Museum Revolutions: How Museums Change and Are Changed, Routledge, New York & London, 2007, pp.149-159
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘The Boundaries of Femininity: Madness and Gender in New Zealand, 1870-1910’, in Wendy Chan, Dorothy E. Chunn and Robert Menzies, eds,  Women, Madness and the Law: A Feminist Reader, Cavendish Publishing Limited, London, 2005, pp. 59-77
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Negotiating an Increasing Range of Functions: Families and the Welfare State’ in Bronwyn Dalley and Margaret Tennant, eds, Past Judgement: Social Policy in New Zealand History, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2004, pp. 157-176
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Thinking Visually: Doing History in Museums: An Interview with Bronwyn Labrum’, in Bronwyn Dalley and Jock Phillips, eds, Going Public: The Changing Face of New Zealand History, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2001, pp.176-186
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Persistent Needs and Expanding Desires: Pakeha Families and State Welfare in the Years of Prosperity’, in Bronwyn Labrum and Bronwyn Dalley, eds, Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2000, pp.188-210
  • Labrum, Bronwyn and Bronwyn Dalley, ‘Introduction’, in Bronwyn Labrum and Bronwyn Dalley, eds, Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2000, pp.1-13
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘A Woman’s World in a Male Universe: Treatment and Rehabilitation at the Auckland Lunatic Asylum, 1870-1910’, in New Countries and Old Medicine: Proceedings of An International Conference on the History of Medicine and Health, eds. Linda Bryder and Derek A. Dow, The Auckland Medical Historical Society, Auckland, 1995, pp.196-203

special issues of journals

  • Laviolette, Patrick and Bronwyn Labrum, eds, ‘Special Issue - Matter in place’, Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies, 6:2, 2009, 171pp, Otago University Press, Dunedin.
  • Bronwyn Labrum and Conal McCarthy, eds, ‘Special Issue - Museum Studies and Museums: Bringing Together Theory and Practice,’ Te Ara Journal of Museums Aotearoa: Special Issue: Museum Studies in New Zealand, 30:2, December 2005

Journal articles

  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Expanding fashion exhibition history and theory: Fashion at New Zealand’s national museum since 1950’, International Journal of Fashion Studies 1: 1, 2014, pp. 95–115, doi: 10.1386/infs.1.1.95_1
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘“Not On Our Street”: New Urban Spaces of Interracial Intimacy  in the 1950s and 60s’, in Intimate Moments and Racial Pasts, a special issue of the Journal of New Zealand Studies, edited by Keri Ranin and Angela Wanhalla, in press, June 2013
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Historicising the Museum’s Recent Past: History Exhibitions at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 1998 – 2008’, Museum History Journal, 5:1, January 2012, pp. 29-52 [Left Coast Press, San Francisco, a leading publisher of museum studies]
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Reliving the Colonial Past: Histories, Heritage and the Exhibition Interior in Post-war New Zealand’, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, 2:1, March 2011, pp. 27-44 [Berg Publishers, Oxford and New York]
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Material Histories in Australia and New Zealand: Interweaving Distinct Material and Social Domains’, History Compass, 8:8, August 2010, pp. 805-816 [Wiley Blackwell Publishing]  
  • Laviolette, Patrick and Bronwyn Labrum, ‘Guest Editorial: Matter in Place’, Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 6:2, December 2009, pp.1-6 [AANZ/University of Otago]
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, and Conal McCarthy, ‘Introduction: Museum Studies and Museums: Bringing Together Theory and Practice,’ Te Ara Journal of Museums Aotearoa: Special Issue: Museum Studies in New Zealand, 30:2, December 2005, pp.4-11
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘The Material Culture of Welfare in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A Case Study of Clothing’, History Australia: The Journal of the Australian Historical Association, 2:3, December 2005, pp.81.1-81.12
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Developing ‘The Essentials of Good Citizenship and Responsibilities’ in Maori Women: Family Life, Social Change and the State in New Zealand, 1944-1970’, Journal of Family History, 29:4, October 2004, pp.446-465 [Sage]
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘“Bringing Families Up to Scratch”: The Distinctive Workings of Maori State Welfare, 1944-1970’, The New Zealand Journal of History, 36:2, October 2002, pp.161-184
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘Looking Beyond the Asylum: Gender and the Process of Committal in Auckland, 1870-1910’, The New Zealand Journal of History, 26:2, October 1992, pp.125-144
  • Labrum, Bronwyn, ‘“For the Better Discharge of Our Duties”: Women’s Rights in Wanganui 1893-1903’, Women’s Studies Journal, 6:1/2, November 1990, pp.136-152 [University of Otago Press]

Entries in the following reference works

  • The Berg Encyclopaedia of World Dress and Fashion, Volume 7: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Berg, Oxford, 2010.
  • Te Ara: The Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand, <http://www.teara.govt.nz/
  • The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Vol.5, Auckland University Press/Internal Affairs, Auckland, 2000
  • The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Vol. 4, Auckland University Press/Internal Affairs, Auckland, 1998
  • The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography: Vol. 2, Bridget Williams Books/Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1993
  • Women Together/Nga Roopu Wahine O Te Motu: A History of Women’s Organisations in New Zealand, Daphne Brasell Associates/Historical Branch, Wellington, 1993,
  • The Book of New Zealand Women/Ko Kui Ma Te Kaupapa, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 1991

 

 Bronwyn has also given over 50 conference papers, seminars, and public lectures, as well as radio interviews. She also has experience in exhibition and website development.

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