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About the Institute

How to help

Your generous help is greatly appreciated and vital for the success of the Institute's support of the Museum.

Help by volunteering

The Institute is largely run by a group of dedicated Council Members and Volunteers.

Periodically, people offer to help out in various ways. Most recently, we called for Volunteers to join the Museum's Flying Squad volunteers' group, and a number of Members offered to help out.

If you would like to help, please include a covering letter, your CV and contact phone number and contact Andrea who will get in touch with you arrange an interview time:

Andrea Webley
awebley@aucklandmuseum.com
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Private Bag 92018
Auckland.

Help by donating

Contributions to this fund support Institute's educational programmes for the public and Friends of the Auckland Museum .

Cheeseman Fund

Thomas Cheeseman (1845-1923) was the Museum’'s Curator (at a time when there was only one) for nearly 50 years from 1874 until his death. He was primarily a botanist but also published in other fields of research.

Contributions to this fund support purchases and upkeep of all the collections including the Library.

Archey Fund - now combined to become the Archey Visiting Scholar Fund

Sir Gilbert Archey (1890-1974) was the Museum’'s Director from 1924 to 1964. He was a notable researcher in both zoology (particularly well-known for his work on moas) and Māori Art.

He is remembered in the annual Institute Sir Gilbert Archey Lecture aimed at secondary schools.

In 2002, as an enduring gift to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Institute established a fund to sponsor visits to Auckland Museum by overseas scholars or visits by Museum curatorial staff to national and international museums, research institutes, educational facilities and other centres of study.

The purpose of the fund is to facilitate visits between institutions which would serve to enhance the reputation of the Auckland Museum nationally, increase the experience and skills of staff, strengthen collaborations, increase research on collections and expand the Museum'’s network of overseas contacts.

The intention is that visiting scholars would work on the Museum collections, collaborate with staff on specific projects, and/or train staff in new techniques.

In 2005 the Archey Fund was combined with this Visiting Scholar fund to become the Archey Visiting Scholar Fund so that now, contributions are used to:

  • support research on the Museum collections and related topics
  • fund the Visiting Scholar programme.