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The blog is where we'll post news, updates, information about objects in our collection, #betterworkstories, profiles of staff members and visitors, pictures and videos, and really anything we think you'd find interesting. We hope you enjoy. 

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An astronomical Olympic challenge

As we enjoy the efforts of our athletes at the Rio Olympics, it seems appropriate that, this week, the sky gods are setting Otago stargazers an extraordinarily difficult celestial challenge to test our astronomical skills.

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A Lot of Zeros

Last month, New Zealanders were told that the annual inflation rate for the second quarter of 2016 had “come in slightly softer than expected… at 0.4%” – a far cry from the experience of Hungary in 1946...

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Exciting addition to Museum’s Pacific Cultures collection

The Otago Museum has recently been gifted a large woven mat from the island of Pentecost, one of the 83 islands that make up the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu.

 

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Climate Kit exhibition nears opening

The ZERO1 American Arts Incubator exhibition Climate Kit: Field Tools of the Anthropocene opens this weekend at the Otago Museum, with a sneak preview offered from 4pm on Friday 5 August. The exhibition, displayed in the Museum’s Atrium, is the culmination of a month long Dunedin-based residence by international artists and academics Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington. During their time at the Otago Museum, Dean and Ferguson have run a series of workshops, field experiments and research with local participants, exploring climate research on the local environment. The exhibition...

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My time aboard SOFIA

 At 5pm last Sunday, just like thousands of other passengers, I boarded an aircraft at Christchurch airport. However, unlike every other journey I’ve made previously from Otautahi, my destination wasn’t Dunedin, nor indeed Wellington or Auckland.

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Milestone met for moth project at Otago Museum

The Otago Museum, in collaboration with Landcare Research, is in the middle of a significant moth data collection project, working towards painting a broad picture of its expansive moth collection. The Museum holds one of New Zealand’s most accurately documented and regionally comprehensive collections of moths, assembled by former Otago Museum Collections and Research Manager Brian Patrick. Each moth within this collection has been named, and each record includes data on where it was collected, when and by whom. The project will capture and digitise the data of over 23,000 specimens including three families of moth – Ghost moths (Hepialidae), Geometer moths (Geometridae) and Owlet moths (Noctuidae). Late last month, the project team celebrated...

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Climate workshops in Dunedin

This weekend we started a series of community workshops at Otago Museum. Yesterday we kicked off discussing and mapping the various climate resources and threats in the Dunedin area. We learned a lot from the community about the harbour, its estuaries, and mining history as we located areas of preservation and vulnerability.

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Glaciers, Fault Lines, and Climate Mapping: Fieldwork on The South Island

We are excited to be kicking off our work with ZERO1. The American Arts Incubator is an opportunity to work with international artists, designers, and scientists on global and local climate change issues, digital tech, and forms of civic engagement. This involves a lot of interdependent parts, and we will be pulling apart this constellation of components through these posts. The starting point for us is the City of Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand. Our residency in Dunedin coincides with The New Zealand International Science Festival in July, creating an amazing springboard for this cultural incubator.  

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Cultural Incubator to call Otago Museum Home

Climate Kit, a project by international artists Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, will call the Otago Museum home for the next month. It has been produced in partnership with ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Wellington

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Dunedin set to welcome 2018 SPNHC Conference

The Otago Museum, in partnership with the University of Otago, has been successful in its bid to host the inaugural 2018 conference for the Society of the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) together with the Taxonomic Database Working Group (TDWG).

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