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Members

Browse the list of upcoming and past Institute lectures, field trips and other events, to which Auckland Institute Members enjoy discounted entry.

  • Members Event: Antiquarius

    Offsite
    SUN 30 OCT, 11AM & 2PM
    ANTIQUARIUS, ST HELIERS

    Robert and Jenny Loosley of Antiquarius have been collecting and exhibiting artefacts from the ancient world for fifty years, and now their private collection is on display exclusively for Auckland Museum Members. Join us for this rare opportunity to see ancient coins, sculptures and other artefacts up close and hear from the collectors themselves.

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  • AMI Members: Conversazione

    THUR 18 AUG, 1PM
    WHAOWHIA, GROUND FLOOR

    AMI Conversazione My Museum Highlights with Ros Currie, Manager Volunteer Services - a lively history of the Whaowhia Room. Ros will reveal her favorite object from the Museum’s vast collections and share anecdotes of her time at the Museum. Meet AMI Council members afterwards at Tuitui Museum Bistro and Café.

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  • AMI Members: 2022 Hochstetter Lecture

    TUE 20 SEP, 7.30PM
    MUSEUM AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    This year’s AMI Hochstetter Lecture will be given by Professor David Prior from the University of Otago. David will deliver a talk entitled The Shear Zones that Hold Back the Ice Sheets. This work will appeal to both professional scientists and the general public and will include some entertaining examples of field work in Antarctica, the vital participation of students, and the need for scientific teamwork.

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  • AMI Members: 2022 Lucy Cranwell Lecture

    TUE 1 NOV, 7PM
    MUSEUM AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    We’re pleased to partner again with the Auckland Botanical Society to cohost the 2022 Lucy Cranwell Lecture. This year's lecture on Urban Ecology will be held by Dr Colin Meurk from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

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  • AMI Members: Cafe Scientifique October

    Offsite
    WED 26 OCT, 6PM
    HORSE & TRAP, 3 ENFIELD ST MT EDEN

    Every time it rains or snow melts, we have a potential ecological disaster on our hands as stormwater inundates our environment. In this Café Scientifique, Pete Brooks from Auckland Council will discuss the environmental engineering works that go into saving the ecological, economic, social, and cultural values of our environment.

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  • AMI Members: Café Scientifique September

    Offsite
    WED 28 SEP, 6PM
    HORSE & TRAP, 3 ENFIELD ST MT EDEN

    We’ve often wondered about the origins of life and extremophiles, and even discussed this in our Café Scientifique in March of this year. This month we have Professor Kathy Campbell FRSNZ to talk to us about the origins of life, research on Mars, and what it all really means.

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  • AMI Members: Café Scientifique August

    Offsite
    WED 31 AUG, 6PM
    HORSE & TRAP, 3 ENFIELD ST MT EDEN

    Our August Café Scientifique speaker is Chantal Knowles, Head of Human History at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Chantal Knowles has worked for over 25 years in museums including the Pitt Rivers Museum; National Museums Scotland; Queensland Museum and Tāmaki Paenga Hira. In this talk she shares her journey and relates how encounters with objects in museums have shaped and transformed her approach to curation.

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  • Members Talk: Behind the scenes: The roles of women in ancient Greek warfare

    SUN 21 AUG, 2PM
    AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    What role did Ancient Greek women have during war times? Did they fight? How did war impact on them? What did they think about the many wars and conflicts that shaped their own lives, yet that they rarely got to wage themselves? Join Dr Maxine Lewis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, as she explores how warfare shaped women's lives in legends and reality.

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  • Members Talk: There's more to a Greek Vase than meets the Eye

    SUN 18 SEP, 2PM
    AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    Join Dr Anne Mackay, formerly Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Auckland now an Honorary Research Fellowship in Classics at that University, as she explores the iconography of the Exekias Amphora, the famous neck-amphora signed by Exekias, the potter/painter, in around 530 BC, and how iconography can unlock a whole new world of meaning.

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  • Members Talk: The Rise and Folds of Greek Drapery

    TUE 13 SEP, 6PM
    AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    From one piece of cloth, draped or wrapped artfully across the body, the Ancient Greeks were able to cement centuries of influence on dress and fashion in the Western world. Join Applied Arts and Design Curator, Grace Lai, as she revisits key moments in fashion history that saw the return of classical dress from the Italian Renaissance to present day Tāmaki Makaurau.

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  • Members: Ancient Greeks Lecture Series and Curator Talks

    19 JUN - 18 SEP 2022
    MUSEUM AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    Auckland Museum Members are invited to lecture series dedicated to all things Ancient Greek. Each lecture will be hosted by an expert in their field, bringing you insights you won't find anywhere else.

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  • Members Talk: Grecian Style in the 1990s

    TUE 6 SEP, 6PM
    AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2

    From the iconic Medusa logo of the Versace brand to the popular Aegean blue-and-white interior aesthetic, Grecian style flourished in the design sphere of the 1990s. Join Jane Groufsky, Senior Collection Manager Human History, for an evening discussing how Ancient Greek icons influenced designers in the 1990s.

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  • Members Talk: Tracing Classicism through the Walls of Auckland Museum

    SUN 14 AUG, 9:30AM
    SOLD OUT

    Built to commemorate the heroic valor of New Zealand soldiers, architects Grierson, Aimer and Draffin chose a neo-classical design to emulate power, status and pride associated with the Ancient Greeks. Take a walk back in time with Applied Arts and Design Curator, Grace Lai, as she traces elements of Greek architecture evident in the walls of the Museum.

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  • Olaf Petersen Members' Preview Day Curator's Talk

    Past Event
    TUES 5 APR, 5PM
    ONLINE

    Join Auckland War Memorial Museum's Curator Pictorial Shaun Higgins for an exclusive online Members' talk on Nature Boy. Photography by Olaf Petersen.

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  • Secrets of Stonehenge Exhibition Floor Talk

    Past Event
    COMING SOON
    MEET AT MEMBERSHIP DESK, SOUTH ATRIUM

    Join us for this exclusive Members’ floor talk on our new exhibition Secrets of Stonehenge by Dr David Gaimster, Tumu Whakarae Chief Executive. Secrets of Stonehenge highlights more than 300 ancient artefacts and the latest cutting-edge scientific research to answer questions about this iconic, mysterious World Heritage Site.

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  • Cafe Scientifique

    Past Event
    WED 29 JULY 6-8PM
    FREE

    In the 2020 general election there will be a referendum on cannabis. This month’s café will focus on your questions (and a few answers), presented by experts from the Auckland area.

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  • Panel discussion: Cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020

    Past Event
    FREE PANEL DISCUSSION
    6PM THU 18 JUNE

    A panel discussion on cannabis use and the NZ referendum 2020: Evidence from the Dunedin and Christchurch longitudinal studies.

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  • The Lucy Cranwell Lecture 2018

    Past Event
    WED 5 SEPT, 7PM - 8.30PM
    FREE (BOOKINGS REQUIRED), AUDITORIUM

    Ecologist Dr Willie Shaw will present a lecture about one of our generation's big challenges - the indigenous revegetation of aotearoa.

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  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hunter

    Past Event
    THURS 31 MAY, 5PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Numbers Limited, Bookings required

    The Auckland Medical Museum Trust with the Auckland Museum Institute presents a lecture with Dr Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society, Wellcome Trust, London.

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  • Integrating Oral Narrative and Archaeology in Polynesian History with Professor Patrick Kirch

    Past Event
    WED 23 MAY, 6PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Bookings required

    The Polynesian Society present the 2018 Nayacakalou Medal Lecture: Voices on the Wind, Traces in the Earth: Integrating Oral Narrative and Archaeology in Polynesian History with Professor Patrick Kirch.

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  • Digital Breaths: The Benefits of Bioengineering

    Past Event
    TUES 24 APR, 6PM
    Auditorium, $10, Members $5, Bookings required

    Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. However, does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?

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  • Out of the Ocean, Into the Fire – Auckland Museum Institute Lecture

    Past Event
    THU 12 APR, 6PM
    Auditorium, FREE, Bookings required

    Northland and Auckland have the most diverse and complex geology in New Zealand. This talk will summarise the story of their 300-million-year history recently presented in Bruce Hayward’s new book of the same title.

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  • Café Scientifique and Café Humanities

    Each month we organise a facilitated discussion in the downstairs lounge bar at the Horse and Trap. After a short presentation by an expert in their field, the floor is open for questions and debate over a meal or drink.

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  • Marine climate refugees: will NZ reefs be a refuge?

    Past Event
    Wed 27 Sep, 6pm
    Auditorium, Free

    Celebrate 150 years of the Royal Society of New Zealand and learn about the ever-increasing effects of climate change in this lecture from scientists Dr David Aguirre and Dr Libby Liggins.

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  • Original Thinkers - Celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute

    Opens Wed 20 Sep
    FREE, GRAND FOYER MEZZANINE, LEVEL 1

    Join us in celebrating 150 years of the Auckland Museum Institute and discover the role their forward-thinking founders played in laying the foundations for this Museum and its world-class collections.

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  • 2016 Lucy Cranwell Lecture

    Past Event
    Wed 3 Aug, 7pm
    AUDITORIUM

    Heidi M Meudt’s research focuses on the evolution and classification of native New Zealand flowering plants. Heidi will present on 'Integrative systematic research of New Zealand’s native forget-me-nots' for the 2016 Lucy Cranwell Lecture.

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  • How to clone a mammoth

    Past Event
    Wed 12 Oct, 6.30pm
    AUDITORIUM, FREE, please register to ensure a seat

    Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? What are the chances that the science fiction of Jurassic Park will someday become science fact? In this lecture, Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, will discuss the real science behind the emerging idea known as 'de-extinction'.

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  • Global Britain: The UK after the EU Referendum

    Past Event
    Tue 20 Sep 2016, 5.30 - 7.30pm
    Auditorium, Level 2, $50 ($45 for RCS and Institute members)

    What are the prospects for Britain following the success of the Leave campaign in the recent EU Referendum? To find out, join this special discussion presented by the Auckland branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

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  • Royal Society of New Zealand: Panel discussion - Cities of Tomorrow

    Past Event
    Tues 23 Aug 2016, 6pm
    Events Centre, Charges apply

    Chaired by Kim Hill, this discussion will look at how three major New Zealand cities are moving towards sustainability and what can be learnt from international experience.

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  • Past events and lectures

    The past events and lectures organised by the Auckland Museum Institute Members.

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