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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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  • What's Eating Auckland Museum?

    Thursday, 10 May 2018

    Museums across the world are fighting a constant battle to preserve their collections, often competing with an abundance of pesky pests.

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  • Collecting the Kings Arms

    Tuesday, 8 May 2018

    Last month, Auckland's legendary performance venue, the Kings Arms closed its doors after nearly 60 years as a working men's pub and later as a live music venue. In this blog, our curator, Jane Groufsky describes the pieces they collected from this iconic venue and why.

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  • Capturing time

    Tuesday, 6 March 2018

    Photographer Jen Carol encountered many challenges and delights when she embarked on photographing the Museum's 100 antique pocket watches.

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  • Flags in the Hall of Memories

    Museum staff regularly receive questions about the flags on display around the World War One Sanctuary. It is generally stated that the flags represent those who signed the Treaty of Versailles on the 28th of June 1919. But this is not correct. Given these curious decisions and some notable omissions, we needed to do more digging to solve the mystery of the flags.

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