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2017

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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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  • Bird Rescue

    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    A borer-infested Victorian cabinet filled with seventy two birds that were in dire need of attention, presented quite a challenge for Conservator, Felicity Bolton.

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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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  • Wikipedian in Residence: Mike Dickison

    Wednesday, 25 July 2018

    For the month of July, Auckland Museum has been hosting Dr Mike Dickison, New Zealand’s first “Wikipedian-at-Large.” His role as a ‘Wiki champion’ is to provide support, encouragement, and expertise to people both inside and outside the organisations he’s working with.

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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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  • Cabinet of avian curiosities

    Tuesday, 3 July 2018

    In this piece, our applied arts curator, Grace Lai conducted some detective work to enrich our knowledge around an exquisite piece of Victorian taxidermy that was acquired in 2006.

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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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