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  • A window into our military heritage

    Auckland Museum staff
    Fri, 14 Oct 2016

    People see different things when they look at military medals but from next month our visitors will have greater access to the Museum’s collection of military heritage medals than ever before.

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  • The challenge of photographing the miniature

    By Dave Sanderson
    Thu, 22 Sep 2016

    Open collections demand high-quality collections photography. But how do you reach this level of quality when the objects you're capturing are as small as 5mm? Dave Sanderson explains how our Collection Imaging team does it.

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  • Pacific Collection Access Project: The story so far

    By Leone Samu Tui and Toluma‘anave Barbara Afitu-Makuati
    Tue, 13 SEP 2016

    We are now five months into the Pacific Collection Access Project. Leone Samu Tui and Toluma‘anave Barbara Afitu-Makuati reflect on the talanoa (conversations), emotions, pride, and learnings so far.

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  • Three questions for three jewellers

    By Jane Groufsky
    Wed, 23 Aug 2016

    What goes in to making a piece of contemporary jewellery? Read more about the three jewellers associated with Fingers Gallery: Sharon Fitness, Anna Wallis, and Jasmine Watson.

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  • Food as collection object

    Mon, 22 AUG 2016

    Museum collections contain a wide variety of object types, each requiring their own storage solution. One of the more challenging types of object is food.

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  • Cataloguing Crown Lynn

    By Louise Weston
    Thu, 4 Aug 2016

    ​Sometimes caring for the Auckland Museum collection looks a lot like housework. Louise Weston rolled up her sleeves to wash the dishes - a sink full of Crown Lynn dinnerware.​

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  • When is a tooth not a tooth?

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016

    Geologist Hugh Grenfell noticed something strange about the "Hooker's sea lion tooth" brooch currently on display in Kōrero Mai, Kōrero Atu.

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  • Stenogramma interruptum​ in linocut

    By Jane Groufsky and Dr Mike Wilcox
    Wed, 22 Jun 2016

    A pressed seaweed specimen from Auckland Museum's Botany collection inspired two staff members in very different ways.

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  • Knitting for the warriors

    Fri, 27 May 2016

    Knitters were in great demand during the First World War - soldiers' socks didn't last long on the battlefield! Auckland Museum volunteers knitted garments using pattern books from the era. Read their reviews.

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  • Handle with care

    Thu, 24 Mar 2016

    Some objects were too fragile for the Excess Baggage display, and others have stories hidden inside.

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