About Lucy

As Curator of History, I am responsible for collecting, researching, exhibiting and unlocking the stories of the social history and war collections in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Auckland Museum’s social history collection documents the history of Auckland and surrounding areas, while its war history collection is the largest multi-service military collection in New Zealand.

Over the last twenty-five years I have researched and written extensively about history, heritage and material culture in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and various places around the world.

Research Interests and Projects

My PhD in history focused on the long histories of Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland embedded in certain sites across the city, and is being published as a forthcoming book in 2021.

Since I began working as curator of history at Auckland Museum in 2017, I have been involved in a number of projects, including the development of a Covid-19 collection that reflects the experiences of Aucklanders during the pandemic, upgrading the New Zealand Wars gallery, developing the Tāmaki Herenga Waka galleries which opened in 2021 and co-leading a project to engage with Muslim communities in Auckland. I regularly give talks on aspects of Auckland’s history and museology to university and school students, community groups, and colleagues at conferences and workshops.

Selected Research Publications

Lucy Mackintosh, Shifting Grounds: Deep Histories of Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Bridget Williams Books, Wellington, 2021 (forthcoming)

Lucy Mackintosh (with Nina Finigan), “The Covid-19 Collecting Project at Auckland Museum, New Zealand”, ICME (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Ethnography), 91, December 2020.

Lucy Mackintosh, ‘Harbouring Immensities’, in A. Cooper, L. Paterson & A. Wanhalla (eds.), The Lives of Colonial Objects, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2015.