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We have a silver Irish groat in our coin collection with the crowned initials H and A on either side of a harp. The H stands for Henry VIII and the A stands for Anne Boleyn. The coin dates from 1534–35. Henry and Anne wed in 1533 and Anne was executed in May 1536.
Otago Museum has recently purchased equipment to take high resolution sharp photos of our entomology collection and Kane Fleury, Collection Officer, Natural Science, is currently working on developing a system for imaging the small specimens.
*Dear Shakespeare* Although there is a bit of debate over the exact day William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was born (apparently there is a baptism record but not a birth record), the event is normally celebrated on 23 April. He died on the same day 52 years later, 400 years ago. It is words that we usually associate with Shakespeare: the language of the plays and sonnets, new entrants to the English vocabulary and quotations used daily around the world. We seem to be nearly as enamoured of the characters he created as of the words he gave them to speak. His words have inspired countless works of arts, from paintings to films to...
A guest blog from Dr Elaine Webster about a pair of delicious Dior shoes.
'70s fashion from some very stylish hākui.
A very (very) abridged list of the conservation quandaries that arise when tackling textiles.
"In recent fashion there are three: Chanel, Dior and Mary Quant." – fashion journalist Ernestine Carter.
Collection Officer Jamie Metzger on one of the inspirations for the Otago Museum's iD Fashion Week case, Time Warp.
Peas + bananas = genetics?
How does one find comedy in a shipwreck? Therein lies a tale linked to the prayer book on display in the Maritime gallery.
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