Till Death Us Do Part: Fifty Years of Vintage Wedding Style

14/05/2017 - 30/06/2017

This exhibition at Highwic explores changes in bridal fashion over the 20th century, focusing on dresses from 1930s to 1970s from a private collection.

Till Death Us Do Part delves into the Social History of Weddings, exploring social shifts and changes in cultural attitudes to love and marriage.  Time your visit to coincide with one or more of the associated talks, and special event - Miss Havisham's Day Out.

Rose Jackson
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How many wedding dresses does one woman need?

Sunday 21 May,  2pm

A curator's talk - collector Rose Jackson (pictured) in conversation with historian, Angela Lassig about treasuring hunting for vintage, discovering the secret history of New Zealand wedding designers and wrangling mannequins for an exhibition. Share your own stories with Rose via her website.

What’s love got to do with it?

Sunday 11 June,  2pm.  

Do feminism and marriage go together like a horse and carriage?  Well known comedienne, Michelle A’Court, Alex Casey and Leonie Hayden from On The Rag host a round table discussion on wedding fever, married life and how feminism fits into the picture.

Admission: A multi pass ticket is available for these talks and the event below for $35 per person, including $5 voucher for café at Miss Havisham's Day Out. Otherwise $10 admission per talk, including exhibition entry.

The Great One Hundred and Under vintage clothing sale

Sunday 25 June, 11am - 4pm

Come and grab yourself a bargain at the best second-hand sale of the year!  Visit Glory Days magazine on Facebook for further details.

Miss Haversham's Day Out
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Miss Havisham's Day Out

Sunday 18 June, 12 midday - 3pm

Wear your wedding dress once again, bring along your family wedding photos, join in games like bouquet tossing, fun, prizes and even a creepy wedding food table. Enter the White Wedding Lip Synch battle and be in to win prizes galore.  Miss Havisham's life never looked so fun. Wear a wedding dress and entry to the exhibition and event is free.

A multi pass ticket is available for the talks and this event for $35 including a $5 voucher for the café at Miss Havishams Day Out. Otherwise $10.00 adult entry to each talk (includes exhibition entry).

Event Details


  • From: 14-May-2017
  • To: 30-Jun-2017
  • Exhibition: Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Talks on Sunday 21 May and Sunday 11 June
  • 2.00pm
  • Miss Haversham's Day Out: Sunday 18 June
  • 12 midday - 3.00pm

How Much?

$8 per adult exhibition only, children and Heritage New Zealand members free. $10 per adult to talks and includes exhibition entry. $35 adult multi-pass ticket: includes all talks, the event, exhibition entry, and a $5 voucher for the cafe at Miss Havisham's Day Out.


  • 40 Gillies Avenue
  • Enter from Mortimer Pass
  • Newmarket
  • Auckland
  • 1023

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday to Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.


Adults: $10 Accompanied children: Free. Unaccompanied children: $3.50 Use your Entertainment Book voucher here. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.