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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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  • Wash day at the Museum

    By Siobhan O'Donovan, Ian Langston and Kate Blair
    Thursday, 31 August 2017

    War brides were inventive when it came to finding fabric for their wedding dresses – discarded silk parachutes were one of the more creative sources. Just as much innovation was required by Auckland Museum's Conservation team as they cleaned and repaired a 1940s-era parachute silk wedding dress for display.

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  • Good things come in small packages in the Southwest Pacific

    Wednesday, 16 August 2017

    Some of the team's most mesmerising finds are much, much smaller and harder to spot - such as the Christmas tree worm.

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  • The Mystery of the Barkcloth Broadsheets

    Tuesday, 1 August 2017
    Sabine Weik-Barton

    Two bark-cloth broadsheets from the Fiji Times piqued the curiosity of our Project Conservator, Sabine Weik-Barton, so she did some detective work to discover if they were special commemorative editions.

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  • My time as New Zealand’s first Wikimedian-in-Residence

    Tuesday, 25 July 2017

    For the past five weeks, Susan Tolich has worked as a Wikimedian at Auckland Museum populating the pages of female artists to help address the fact that women are under-represented in articles and as contributors to Wikipedia, the world's biggest encylopedia.

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  • 300,000 open images and counting...

    Friday, 14 July 2017

    Auckland Museum's Collections Online database gives you advanced search tools that let you explore our collection in exciting new ways. More than 300,000 images are available to download and re-use for any purpose imaginable — even commercial use.

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