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A Museum Portal for a Pandemic Aesthetic

By Dina Jezdic

DISASTROUS FORMS archive is a nomadic month-long exhibition accompanied by essays, street posters, and a live screen public viewing in Aotea Square, March 24, 8 to 10pm, 2021, providing audiences with a multitude of contemporary art offerings online and IRL.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Translation

Victoria Passau & James Taylor
Collection Information and Access team

Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira seeks to be a kaiāwhina (advocate) in the revitalisation and retention of te reo Māori. As a step toward this, we have recently translated our Collections Online and Online Cenotaph user interfaces into te reo Māori.

The Zero: Two men and a plane

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

On 15 September 1945 the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero landed at Piva airfield in Bougainville. This aircraft is now on display on Level 2. Learn about how two men of different nationalities who were each instrumental in the Zero’s acquisition.

Herbert Dobbie

By Paula Legel

The fern enthusiast and nature printer Herbert Dobbie pioneered the cyanotype photographic process, wherein dried ferns are placed on glass with sensitised paper beneath and exposed to light.

Photographing Glass

By Jennifer Carol
Collections Photographer

Photographing a diverse range of studio glass objects posed many challenges, not least how to capture the layers of molten glass fabric, blown and hot-styled into a myriad of highly reflective and often colourful forms.

Victorian Botanical Nature Printing

By Paula Legel
Associate Curator, Heritage Publications

The Museum is fortunate to hold two botanical titles featuring nature printing, an unusual process popularized in England in the mid-nineteenth century by a young printer by the name of Henry Bradbury.

Names in Stone

Jane Groufsky
Senior Collection Manager, Human History

This project gave individuals and families the opportunity to significantly help the Museum, and to have their contribution publicly acknowledged. The Museum approached sculptor Denis O’Connor with a simple brief: design a cartouche which listed the 110 donors.

William Sanders, VC, DSO

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

Takapuna boy Lieutenant-Commander William Sanders is New Zealand's only naval recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest British award bestowed for valour. On the centenary of his death, Associate History Curator Gail Romano reflects upon the local Auckland recognition of his actions.

Castle Collection Decant

Julie Burns
Coll. Technician, Relocations

The music collection from Wellington based siblings Zillah and Ronald Castle was collected over 50 years from the 1930’s, with many having both local and international significance from their unusual nature. Their collection comprises of 520 instruments; cases, sheet music and musical accessories.

"Wunderpus O Sea", Octavia Cook

Jane Groufsky
Senior Collection Manager, Human History

Who owns an idea? When does a conventional form become a unique and distinctive design? Auckland Museum recently acquired a brooch by contemporary jeweller Octavia Cook which explores these concepts, and responds to a particular situation in which she found herself in last year.

Front-page news: A mystery hui

Geraldine Warren
Māori Resources & Matauranga Advisor

A poster in te reo at the Auckland Museum library needed researching. What was the mystery event at Waihi Marae, Taupō on 18 April 1959?​

In Russia during the Revolution

Gail Romano
Associate Curator, History

At the time of the Russian Revolution, Nursing Sister Ethel M. Strachan and her friend and colleague Sister Sybil Kelly were among the staff of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd (now St Petersburg).