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Contraception: The Collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow


Wed 6 Jan 2016, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 7 Jan 2016, 10:00am–9:00pm
Fri 8 Jan 2016, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sat 9 Jan 2016, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 10 Jan 2016, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow

Discover the hidden history of birth control in New Zealand – from folk remedies to diaphragms and 21st-century implants.

See the pill that sparked the sexual revolution. Scan 80 years of creative condom packaging. And take a close look at the most reliable – and risky – IUDs.

Reliable contraception is one of the most life-changing inventions of all time. In this exhibition you’ll also see an interview with Dame Margaret Sparrow, a doctor who guided hundreds of New Zealanders through birth control decisions from the 1960s on.

A doctor and collector

Dame Margaret Sparrow is one of New Zealand’s leading sexual health doctors and birth control advocates. She has collected nearly 1,000 contraceptive devices, and gave most of them to Te Papa in 2011.

Dame Margaret’s career has included several firsts. She pioneered contraception and abortion services for students in Wellington, and vasectomies for men. She was one of the first doctors to prescribe the emergency contraceptive pill, and is an outspoken advocate of abortion law reform.In 2002, Dame Margaret was made a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (later Dame) for services to medicine and the community.

Parental guidance recommended. This exhibition is about birth control. Please supervise your children.

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