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  • Missal cover from 13th Century Limoges

    by Damian Skinner - Thursday, 17 April 2014

    For Easter, we visited our Applied Art and Design galleries to photograph this beautiful enamel missal cover. Curator Damian Skinner provides a short history of how the French city Limoges, where the cover was made, became famous in the Middle Ages for this style of champlevé enamel.

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  • Robin Morrison’s work through contemporary eyes

    by Bethany Edmunds and Olivia Willock - Monday, 14 April 2014

    As part of our exhibition A Decade of Days – Auckland through Robin Morrison’s eyes, we collaborated with Manukau Institute of Technology, Fresh Gallery Otara, the public and invited experts to explore people, places and themes represented by photographs within the exhibition.

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  • Fijian breastplates inspire contemporary artist

    by Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai - Monday, 24 March 2014

    A series of paper abstractions of Fijian civavonovono at Otara's Fresh Gallery caught the attention of Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai, Associate Curator Pacific. Kolokesa caught up with the artist who created them to discuss how the series came to life.

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  • Archaeological ‘dig’ in Pacific Ethnology collection reveals new connections

    by James Flexner - Friday, 14 March 2014

    Australian postdoctoral fellow James Flexner is on a global quest to tell the story of life in the colonial New Hebrides, and recently spent time examining the Museum’s ethnographic collections.

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  • Discovering cultural links through pounamu and jade (軟玉)

    by Andrea Stevens - Friday, 7 March 2014

    Nephrite jade is found in over 20 countries, but it is associated strongly with two peoples in particular – Chinese and Māori. During Lantern Festival 2014, experts from both cultures discussed this remarkable stone during a special display of collection objects at the Museum.

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  • Reflections on Waitangi Day

    by Andrea Stevens - Thursday, 6 February 2014

    Waitangi Day means different things to different people. Andrea Stevens talks to Auckland Museum staff born in other parts of the world, to find out what this national day means to them.

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  • ‘Friday Ladies’ dedicated to fashion

    by Finn McCahon-Jones - Friday, 31 January 2014

    For the last seven years the ‘Friday Ladies’ have been volunteering on the costume and textile collection for the Museum’s Applied Arts and Design. All together, the group examined more than 560 boxes and catalogued around 10,000 objects. Associate Curator Finn McCahon-Jones looks back on some of the group’s achievements.

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  • From the archive: photos of colonial Auckland and sailing the Waitematā

    by Andrea Stevens - Sunday, 26 January 2014

    For Auckland Anniversary Day we have delved into our photographic collection, and made a selection of historic black and white images of the early colonial city, regattas and sailing on the Waitematā Harbour.

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