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Host: Dave Homewood
Guests: Matthew O’Sullivan (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Keeper of Photographs), and
Simon Moody (Air Force Museum of New Zealand Research Curator)
Recorded: 28th of October 2016
Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes 20 seconds
This episode, which follows on from the previous show here, continues our look behind the scenes at our Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Dave Homewood talks with the museum’s Keeper of Photography Matthew O’Sullivan, who curates the extensive archive of photos, negatives, glass plates, film and digital images that cover our Air Force’s history from the 1920’s through till the modern era.
Matthew shows Dave around the archives and he talks about what his role entails and what services he provides the Air Force, researchers, publishers and the general public.
Then Dave discusses historical research and archival matters with the Research Curator Simon Moody, who also talks about his role and experiences within the archives of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Simon oversees the archive team and works on research projects,as well as answering requests from researchers and the public.
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Matthew O’Sullivan, the Keeper of Photographs for the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Matthew examines one the glass plate negatives. Behind him on the wall is the 1 metre wide print of the Bristol F2B Fighter that he mentioned as having being printed from glass negative
Matthew with a 1980’s era coloured transparency of Skyhawk pilots
The Best Photo: This is the photograph that Matthew considers the best photo in the collection. His caption is: “3/4 front view of De Havilland DH4 A7929 ‘J’, being refuelled. Believed to be at Wigram Aerodrome. Merrin (standing on aircraft). On ground (L-R) O Gibson, Syme, Dini.” Air Force Museum of New Zealand Photo
Simon Moody in the Museum Archives (Photo – Air Force Museum of New Zealand)
Note: The music in this episode is “I’m Getting Sentimental Over You” by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra