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  • Back to the Future in Northland

    Tuesday, 17 April 2018

    Last month, a team from Auckland Museum joined Ngāti Kuri in a bioblitz at the top of the North island. In this blog, Otago Lecturer in Ancient DNA, Nic Lawrence describes how iwi, scientists, kids and educators worked together to uncover this lost world.

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  • A Close Shave

    Friday, 6 April 2018

    Ernest William Welch's shaving kit proved to be a life-saver when he stationed as a solider on the Somme in World War One.

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  • Bathing caps & beach balls: call for objects

    Thursday, 5 April 2018

    Auckland Museum needs your help! We are currently looking to borrow or acquire objects with a strong connection to recreation activities on Pt Chevalier Beach, for use in a new exhibition next year.

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  • Why I do it: Janet Anderson

    Thursday, 29 March 2018

    Long-time volunteer, Janet Anderson, has worked at our Memorial Discovery Centre for over five years. In this blog, we asked her why she does it?

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  • My favourite object: Ahu’ula

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    In this piece, our Senior Collection Technician, Sarah Bishop, tells us about one of the stunning garments in our collection - a red and yellow feathered Hawaiian cloak and explains why this is her favourite taonga.

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  • Untangling the threads

    Wednesday, 21 March 2018

    Over the next two years, we’ll be working with some of Aotearoa’s most accomplished weavers to enrich the taonga Māori collection as part of our Te Awe project. In this blog, our Associate Curator Māori, Bethany Edmunds explains the kaupapa of the Te Awe project to improve our understanding, care and access of these treasured objects and more.

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  • Biological namesakes

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018

    Just this week, a bright-orange clingfish, Dellichthys Trnskii, burst onto the scene – and it bears the name of our Head of Natural Science, Tom Trnski. Our curators and collection managers share their names with a handful of species from 'super cute flies' to dwarf seaweed species. In this blog, we took the opportunity to ask them about their namesakes and how they acquired them.

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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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