About Lucy

As history curator, I am responsible for helping to care for, develop and research the war and social history collections of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  The Museum’s war history collection was established in 1920, following the decision to build a new museum as the War Memorial for the Auckland region.  Today, the war collection is nationally significant, with the largest multi-service military collection in New Zealand.  The museum’s social history collection documents aspects of the history of Auckland and its hinterland.  It includes the most significant collection of  19th century Auckland social history in New Zealand.

Research Interests and Projects

My interests and work have primarily focused on social, cultural and environmental history in New Zealand.  I have a Master of Arts in New Zealand history, and am currently working towards completing a PhD in history, which examines Auckland’s cultural history through its landscapes.  I have also researched Māori taonga in the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.

Selected Research Publications

Lucy Mackintosh, ‘“A Long-Forgotten Art”: Two Māori Flutes in the Peabody Essex Museum’, in Alexander Nemerov (ed), Experience, University of Chicago Press, 2017.

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