Enlighten your evening
EVERY TWILIGHT TUESDAY

Enlighten your evening

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, our Evening with an Expert sessions will be recorded and available for you to watch from the comfort of your home.

Every Tuesday is an opportunity to broaden your knowledge with Evenings with an Expert. This series of short, 20-minute talks will be led by a different Auckland War Memorial Museum staff member each week, with topics ranging from fashion to activism to conservation and everything in between.

There are two talks per evening, so come and grab a bite to eat at Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café and explore the galleries after dark.

Online talks

We temporarily took our Evening with an Expert sessions online in late 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Watch these sessions at your leisure and from the comfort of your home via our At Home page.

From the Tiny to the Mighty
TUE 1 MAR

From the Tiny to the Mighty

ONLINE
FREE

As part of Whale Tales 2022, Auckland Museum is host to one of 80 whale tails dotted around Tāmaki Makaurau, bringing to life themes of protecting and restoring the mauri of our Ocean.

Our whale tail is an appreciation and celebration of plankton. Providing the oxygen of every second breath we take, plankton is vital for the planet’s health and provide an essential food source for our ocean’s wildlife.   

Because plankton is imperative to marine ecosystems- including as food for Bryde's whales and other baleen whales, we hope to protect the Tiny to the Mighty. 

Join the artists behind the tail as they discuss their story and what inspired the project. 

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Auckland’s Volcanoes, their fiery secrets & how we’re prepared
TUE 14 FEB

Auckland’s Volcanoes, their fiery secrets & how we’re prepared

ONLINE
FREE

Have you ever wondered about the volcanoes our city is built upon and how we are making sure we’re prepared? In this talk we will be telling you all about the Auckland Volcanic field, it’s fiery past and some of its hidden secrets. This will be followed by a glimpse into the science contributing to our understanding of possible future eruptions, and all the different ways that we are preparing for them. Finally, we will share some tips on how to go on your own volcano adventures all around Auckland.

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A Year in Review with Victoria Passau
TUE 1 FEB

A Year in Review with Victoria Passau

ONLINE
FREE

Online Cenotaph is a military database of Aotearoa New Zealand service personnel. Managed by Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, the database includes more than 255,000 individual records spanning the South African Wars to today. It is utilised and enriched by veterans, whānau, genealogists and researchers alike.

2021 was a busy year for the Online Cenotaph team, updating and creating thousands of records, working on numerous transcription projects with our Visitor Host and Volunteers, and working with all our researchers and contributors. This talk will highlight the accomplishments of the past 12 months.

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A Programme of Care: Recent activities in the Pacific Documentary Heritage Programme
UPLOADED TUE 14 DEC

Leone Samu Tui

A Programme of Care: Recent activities in the Pacific Documentary Heritage Programme

ONLINE
FREE

In January 2021, Leone Samu Tui began her role as inaugural Associate Curator, Documentary Heritage (Pacific Collections). Join her as she shares insights into the programme of activities working to surface and celebrate Pacific voices and experiences in the Documentary Heritage collections of Auckland Museum’s Research Library.

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Bags & Other Stories
UPLOADED TUE 7 DEC

Grace Lai

Bags & Other Stories

ONLINE
FREE

From bilums to backpacks, ketes to knapsacks and pouches to pockets, bags come in all shapes and sizes. While their name and form may differ across cultures and histories, the bag is one of the most universally used object in the world and all function to carry not just things but stories.

Join Grace Lai, Curator of Applied Arts and Design as she looks at the world through the humble reusable bag that has now become an essential tool for our daily lives.

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COVID-19 and Museum Collections: How Pandemics Impact Collection Care
UPLOADED TUE 16 NOV

Valerie Tomlinson

COVID-19 and Museum Collections: How Pandemics Impact Collection Care

ONLINE
FREE

In this talk Conservator, Valerie Tomlinson, will explore the impact COVID-19 has had on the Museum collections. Learn about the considerations the conservation team need to take to preserve the collection during lockdown. Valerie will discuss the various preparations and checks that need to be done, and why, and offer a sneak peek into the Museum in lockdown.

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Online Cenotaph: Sharing our Stories (He Toa Taumata Rau)
UPLOADED TUE 9 NOV

Madison Pine

Online Cenotaph: Sharing our Stories (He Toa Taumata Rau)

ONLINE
FREE

Online Cenotaph is a biographical database that allows researchers, enthusiasts, and veterans and their families to explore, contribute to, and share the records and stories of those who served for Aotearoa New Zealand. Managed by Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, the database includes 250,000 individual records spanning the South African Wars to today.

Join Madison, Collection Technician Research Support as she shares more about Online Cenotaph, some of the recent work they have been doing, and how Online Cenotaph can be used for research and sharing the stories of our loved ones.

Image: Madison with historian, Dr Gabrielle Fortune.

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Love & Loss in the Archives
UPLOADED TUE 2 NOV

Nina Finigan

Love & Loss in the Archives

ONLINE
FREE

What words come to mind when you hear the word ‘archive’? Perhaps ‘dusty’, ‘boring’, or ‘academic’?

Instead, for Nina Finigan, Curator Manuscripts at Auckland Museum words like ‘love’, ‘loss’ and ‘longing’ are at the forefront. These emotions that propel us through life can be found everywhere in our archival collections and form the basis of Love & Loss, Auckland Museum’s newest exhibition which explores the emotional power of the written word and the sacred place that letters, emails, and messages hold in our lives.

Join Nina as she takes us through the making of this exhibition. In this session, she will discuss why she wanted to cast this new lens over the Museum’s manuscript collection. She will also explore the challenges and joys of creating an exhibition based around the written word.

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Making Auckland Museum's Collections Accessible Beyond Its Walls
UPLOADED TUE 12 OCT

James Taylor

Making Auckland Museum's Collections Accessible Beyond Its Walls

ONLINE
FREE

Did you know Auckland Museum has over 3 million objects in its collection? Yet only around 2% of these objects are displayed inside the Museum at any one time.

But there is one place you can find the Museums' treasures 24/7 and it's called Collections Online. Join James Taylor, the Museum's Online Collections Information & Partnership Manager, as he talks about the work the Museum does making its digital collections open and accessible to users around the world via Collections Online.

He will also talk about the various online partnerships that have lead to the Museum's objects being viewed 55 million times in the last financial year on websites such as Flickr, Pinterest, Digital New Zealand, and Wikipedia.

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Save Tuvalu to Save the World
UPLOADED FRI 24 SEP

Kelesoma Saloa

Save Tuvalu to Save the World

ONLINE
FREE

A call to the rest of the world by former Tuvaluan Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga (Rt Hon.): Please hear our voices, listen to our plea, “We encounter the utmost impact of global warming. We might be the first to perish from the face of the earth, but the rest will follow ... So please save Tuvalu to save the world”.

The ocean is one of our life lines, but now sea level rise is our greatest challenge. Watch Community Coordinator & Guest Kaiako Auckland Museum, Kelesoma Saloa as he discusses the threat of climate change from a Tuvaluan perspective.

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Upcoming online talks

Walk Around The Park (Eden Park) 12 September 1981: Springbok Protest Photography
COMING SOON

John Mercer & Shaun Higgins

Walk Around The Park (Eden Park) 12 September 1981: Springbok Protest Photography

ONLINE
FREE

Shoot first and tell stories later. Now, much, much later, viewing my photographs retrospectively I am still able to recognise people in the crowds that I didn't discern while I was engaged in photographing the events, people and action on the day.”

Shaun Higgins, Curator of Pictorial collections at Auckland War Memorial Museum presents a conversation with photographer John Mercer, forty years on from the anti-Springbok tour protests on 12 September, 1981.

His photographs remain a lasting testament to those who took to the streets of Auckland’s Eden Park to protest the Springbok Tour, the third test, and apartheid.

This event is hosted in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, showcasing John Mercer’s photography that documents the clash between protesters and police that day. View the Google Arts & Culture story here.

Once uploaded, the session will be available on our At Home page.

Upcoming in-person talks

The WWI Canvas Maps Conservation Project - Shining a Light on Hidden Stories with Sue Cooper

DATE TBC

The WWI Canvas Maps Conservation Project - Shining a Light on Hidden Stories with Sue Cooper

6PM & 7PM
MEET IN WWI HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
FREE, NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Come and learn about exciting new discoveries made during conservation work on the huge canvas maps in the Museum's WW1 Hall of Memories. Conservator Sue Cooper will share some of the fascinating insights revealed during treatment of these maps and the many mysteries which still remain. This is the first time the canvas panels have been off the wall in 90 years. Enjoy an opportunity to assess ultra-violet and infrared images of overpainted areas and see what you think is hidden behind!

Sue Cooper is Principal Conservator at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum. Over the last nine years she has overseen conservation work on large-scale projects such as the Pacific Collection Access Project, the Te Awe Taonga Māori Project and the Hotunui Preservation Project. Sue trained as an Objects Conservator in the UK at De Montfort University Lincoln.