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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. 

If there's a topic you'd like us to do a post about, or a post that you think needs a sequel, just let us know!

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Garden Birds of Dunedin

Dunedin is a paradise for bird lovers. There are so many great bird reasons to live in this city and it is only getting better with the predator trapping work in our community that the Halo Project and City Sanctuary support.

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Intern Blog: Sam Finch

Over the past few months, I have been lucky enough to spend one day a week with the conservation team at the Otago Museum as part of an internship program with the University of Otago. Throughout my time at the museum, I have been able to experience many different things and learn a lot about conservation and how the museum runs. Perhaps the most notable thing I learned is that conservators do a lot more than just conserving objects. Every day in conservation is different, one day you are taking photos of ancient metalwork, the next preparing for a new...

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Time flies when you’re having fun

People say time flies when you retire, but Otago Museum’s Honorary Curator of Entomology, Associate Professor Steve Kerr is taking that literally.

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Fashion FWD: clothing in ancient Greece

To mark the exhibition, Fashion FWD, Robert Hannah, the honorary curator of the Classical collections, here looks back to examples of ancient dress fashion.

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Jars of Pickled Sea Cucumbers

“What is that?” is a question I receive often. As a scientist who studies marine invertebrates and now lampreys (the topic of my PhD thesis) I am used to receiving looks of disgust, shock, and — in the case of my aunt — horror when I describe my study organisms.

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All about bumblebees!

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Happy Archaeology Week

Welcome to #NZArchaeologyWeek! This week we have brought together some of Otago Museum and the University of Otago's favourite Archaeologists to share some of their favourite objects from our collection.

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The Enduring Rose: Cultivating Fashion

The rose, more than any other flower, has inspired illustration and imagination. The unmistakable scent, the graceful beauty, the delicate petal texture of the rose bud and bloom, the unforgiving nature of its thorns – all these are familiar images and remembered sensations.

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Winging It

"I’ve been riding with sam for almost ten years. He’s been to every climbing crag on the South Island. It might be the longest relationship I’ve ever had,” Anne says with a smile and a nod at the impressive web on her 2003 faded green Subaru Impreza.

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A time when two legs was bad (for women)

*We take it for granted now that anyone of any gender can wear trousers or show their legs in our culture, but it was not always so.* In the 1880s and 1890s, some women tried wearing trousers or even just divided skirts to ride bicycles or sit astride horses, but they were made fun of, and hounded by groups of men and boys. Victorian-style dress, worn for most of the 19th century, embodied gender role differences: for men, dark, sombre colours, and shapes indicating seriousness, expanded shoulders and chests to show strength, bifurcated trousers to allow activity. Women had small waists...

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