Sections What are sections? The Museum was a great place to have an interest in something and when a group of people formed around an interest, that became a Section, explains John Webster, Secretary of the Auckland Marine Society and Property Supervisor of Ewelme Cottage in Parnell for the past 33 years. John remembers when the Auckland Marine Society (est 1957), operated as the Nautical Section of Auckland Museum. Members of this group helped in the establishment of the New Zealand National Maritime Museum in Auckland in 1993. In 1956 The Astronomy Section, The Auckland Astronomical Society, reported in the Minutes of the Auckland Institutes Annual meeting, that the search for an observatory site and one for the proposed planetarium for Auckland had been pursued with the City Council, without success. Eventually an appropriate site was proposed and the Section helped set up the Auckland Observatory. Sections The Conchology Section of the Auckland Museum Institute This is the oldest surviving Section established in 1931. CSAMI interests are all things molluscan; shell collecting (recent and fossil), conchology and malacology (study of shells and shellfish), and conservation. Members range from amateurs to seasoned enthusiasts. A wide range of books and periodicals, including the magazine Poirieria available from the club library on request. Read more about the Auckland Shell Club. New Zealand Costume and Textile Section of the Auckland Museum Institute The New Zealand Costume and Textile Section of the Auckland Museum Institute was established in 2002 as a national organisation to provide a forum for the study, research and conservation of costume and textiles. Its aims and objectives are: to promote interest in all aspects of historical and contemporary costume and textiles to foster the study of, and research into, New Zealand and international costume and textiles to encourage the conservation of costume and textiles in New Zealand to foster the spirit of mutual helpfulness among the Section's Members. Find out more about the Costume and Textile Association of New Zealand on their website.