WED 11 JUL - MON 16 JUL, 10AM - 5PM 

The moa skeletons, a giant moa model, an ostrich and other specimens are coming out of their display cases to be photographed. Come and view the process of specimen photography at our temporary photographic studio set up in the Origins Gallery!

Each day, staff from our natural sciences, collections, conservation and photography team will be speaking about the importance of the Museum's image digitisation project and the team effort it required to conduct an imaging project of this size. 

To learn more about this project, check out our latest story, Digitising Moa

1.30 – 2.30pm each day 

11th & 16th July 

Matt Rayner 
Land Vertebrates Curator

Dr Matt Rayner will talk about moa biology and Auckland Museums moa collection from sites throughout Auckland and beyond.  

12th & 14th July 

Dave Sanderson
Project Leader, Collections Imaging 

Dave will talk about why the imaging team is working to capture the moa in our galleries and describe some of the challenges of photographing large specimens in situ. During the talk, he will discuss the rationale behind the Museum’s collections imaging project and the benefits it brings to those living in Auckland and beyond.

13th July 

Megan Harvey 
Collections Manager – Collection Care

Megan Harvey plays a critical role at the Museum in keeping our taonga safe from harm. In this talk she’ll talk about moving large & delicate specimens like moa and touch on some of the weirder object relocation jobs her department has conducted, including moving Rajah the elephant between floors of the Museum. 

Rick Cave 
Display Technician 

In this talk, Rick will talk about the craft of displaying objects in visually interesting ways whilst keeping the mounts and other supporting structures invisible to visitors. He’ll talk about the assortment of skills used in his role and the processes the display team has to work through to display objects safely. 

15th July

Daniel Thomas 
Senior Lecturer in Vertebrate Zoology at Massey University 


Dr Thomas will talk about a variety of 3D bone digitisation projects he’s currently working on. These projects include assembling digital skeletons of moa, penguins, and other birds, describing fossil species with the help of 3D digitised bones, and exploring the incredible educational value of 3D scanned objects.