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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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  • Message in a Bottle

    Thursday, 1 March 2018

    Glass bottles have made their way into the History collection from many sources - some contain wine, while others hold miraculous cures. But they all need to be housed safely!

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  • Fijian Treasures that are Treasured - Our Shared Stories

    Written by: Dr. Tarisi Vunidilo

    In 2016, the team spearheading the Pacific Collections Access Project (PCAP) at Auckland Museum approached a select group of people in Auckland’s Fijian community to bring a cultural richness to the collection. In this blog, knowledge holder Tarisi Vundillo tells us about her journey with PCAP.

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  • Let there be light....but not too much

    Wednesday, 6 September 2017

    Our object rotation team has been working to swap out light-sensitive objects in our Arts of Asia gallery to ensure that these objects can stand the test of time.

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