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  • Keep calm and Barry on

    Tuesday, 19 March 2019

    If not stored correctly, negatives of photos are prone to developing 'vinegar syndrome' - an irrevocable syndrome that causes warping, embrittlement and shrinkage. To combat this problem our conservation team came up with a storage solution to re-house 80,000 photographic negatives from the Barry Mckay collection.

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  • Color our Collections

    Tuesday, 29 January 2019

    Auckland Museum is proud to once again join the New York Academy of Medicine's #ColorOurCollections, in which libraries, archives, and museums create free colouring books based on objects in their collections.

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  • The history of Rajah

    Monday, 21 January 2019

    In 1924 a young Indian elephant appeared in the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in London. This was the elephant’s first stop in a journey that would finish at Auckland Museum, where he’d become one of the Museum’s most-loved exhibits

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  • Wild Child

    Monday, 21 January 2019

    In 1924 a young Indian elephant appeared in the British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in London. This was the elephant’s first stop in a journey that would finish at Auckland Museum, where he’d become one of the Museum’s most-loved exhibits

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  • Aqua bats

    Wednesday, 24 October 2018

    Resembling ‘squashed kiwifruit’, wet bats aren’t the prettiest creatures, so the photography team trialed some hair-raising tactics to get realistic shots of these rare, endangered creatures.

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  • Craft and Protest: Collecting the Women's March

    Monday, 17 September 2018

    On Saturday 21 January 2017, over 1000 Aucklanders came together to march in support of the Women’s March on Washington, forming part of a global protest that drew in millions. In addition to carrying homemade banners and wearing March-branded t-shirts, several women wore pink knitted “pussy hats."

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  • Enid Evans, Librarian Extraordinaire

    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Paula Legel, Collection Manager of Serials & Acquisitions, explores the accomplishments of one of New Zealand's first female librarians, Enid Evans.

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  • Lucy Cranwell, New Zealand's First Female Curator

    Thursday, 12 July 2018

    Dr Lucy Cranwell was Auckland Museum's first botany curator and New Zealand's first female curator. Ewen Cameron delves into her story and the accolades she received.

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  • Digitising moa

    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    During July, several moa skeletons from Auckland Museum will be imaged and 3D scanned to make our collections, and their stories, more accessible to the public and researchers alike. In this piece, Land Vertebrates Curator, Matt Rayner, describes the importance of this project.

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  • Location, Location, Location!

    Thursday, 24 May 2018

    Auckland Museum has over four million objects in our collection. As you can imagine, keeping track of all these items can be quite a challenge!

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