Past Events

Here is the place to look for photos and information about past events – what happened, who was there and all the rest of the goss!


Thank you to everyone who joined us for an ANZAC biscuit on a day of remembrance for both Kiwis and Aussies.

For those who are not from Australasia, ANZAC day takes place on the 25th April annually, on the anniversary of the first landing of Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops on the beaches of Gallipoli. It is the Australian and New Zealand equivalent of Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, as a way of honoring those who fought and protected our nations. 

Anzac biscuits are the traditional food of choice on the day, a golden syrup and oat based biscuit based on the ‘hard tack’ that soldiers ate during WWI. For those interested, there is a recipe below. 


ANZAC Biscuits (Courtesy of the Edmonds Cookbook)
  • ​½ cup standard flour
  • ⅓ cup White Sugar
  • ⅔ cup finely desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 50g butter
  • 1 Tbsp golden syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp boiling water
  1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats.

  3. Melt butter and golden syrup. Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water and add to butter and golden syrup. Stir butter mixture into the dry ingredients.

  4. Place level tablespoonfuls of mixture onto cold greased trays and flatten with a fork.  These don’t spread as they bake so you can place them close together.

  5. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Leave on the tray for 5 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool. 


Our Lesbian Bubbles art exhibition is now closed!
It showcased a wide variety of local lesbian art work.

The exhibition ran until the 7th April.



Walking tour of K’ Rd

Meet outside Studio One Toi Tū – 1 Ponsonby Road at 3.30 on Saturday 13th February 

This walking tour celebrated the queer lesbian and LGBTQ+ spaces and community places on and around K’Road. Queer spaces were at the forefront of what has been described as ‘the golden era’ of Auckland’s nightlife and club scene centered on K’Rd within a vibrant and dynamic subculture. Queer organisations important to our communities based themselves on K’Rd to be close to who they were advocating and working for. This was an era before gentrification of nearby gaybourhoods Grey Lynn and Ponsonby and before K’Rd’s seedy, wild reputation got cleaned up.
These queer spaces were safe spaces, sometimes the only safe space where past generations of our communities could be their authentic selves. In these spaces was where queer people were able to survive and thrive.
This is true for all queer heritage – the stories need to be unearthed, then constantly told, and retold, acknowledged and enjoyed.
By remembering and sharing the Herstory History OUR-stories of K’Rd – who we were, where we played and what we did – we celebrate our personal and collective spirit and honour those who came before.
This event was made possible through the Pride & Spark Empowerment Initiative.


From Wednesday 24th to Saturday the 27 of February there was a CHARLOTTE MUSEUM POP UP  at Garnet Station 2pm – 10 pm 
While the POP UP is on we would love the opportunity to collect for preservation your treasures and their stories on behalf of our lesbian communities and the generations to come. Therefore we will gladly be accepting items and recording your story of them.
This event was made possible through the Pride & Spark Empowerment Initiative.

It’s a Sapphic Monday!

Opens 2pm on Monday 27th January 

From 27th until the 23rd of March. 




Mosaic Workshops

Once a month we host a mosaic making workshop and welcome any and all to join us in making some art at the Charlotte Museum in New Lynn (8a Bentinck St)


A group of works mostly from our archives, including Sharon Alston, Jill Livestra, Jorgia Sioux, Dons Savage, & others. Some of these works are from the 1970’s. 80’s and 90’s while 3 works were finished in 2019. Charlotte Muse thinks they will contribute to the definition of What is Lesbian Art?


Current Exhibitions

The current exhibitions we have at the Charlotte Museum in addition to our regular display of artefacts are:

Viv Jones’ Cartoon Exhibition

  • These cartoons were seen in Circle magazines through the seventies and eighties containing Lesbian and Gay themes.

Made in Lesbia

Made in Lesbia was an exhibition curated by Cathy Head for Charlotte.

Finger Painting
  • In May, we ran a spiral themed finger painting workshop and these pieces were on display at the museum!

Our pop-up visited the North Shore!

We visited Albany in early March 2019 to showcase lesbian art and history with two films, a performance and several banner displays!

Thanks to everyone who turned up – it was great meeting people and sharing our museum!