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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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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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Introducing Oatmeal!

Hand-loomed, ethically sourced, and beautiful.

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Is it a horse? Is it a deer? Is it a sheep? Rhyta in the Classical Collections

Otago Museum has a number of drinking horns called rhyta. See if you can identify them all!

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Here be monsters: Giant Squid from the Catlins

Dive into the history and mystery of the giant squid (Architeuthis dux) with On Lee Lau!

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Introducing Rosi

Our amazing Honorary Curator (and Twitter Queen)

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Research Insights – Q & A with Peter Hadden

I am a part-time postgraduate student in Auckland at the University of Auckland, Department of Ophthalmology, and also a practising ophthalmologist (eye surgeon)...

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Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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Striking a Balance – Zoe

The Otago Museum Blog is being taken over by the student-creators of the exhibition Climate Change – Striking a Balance!

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Striking a Balance is BACK

On New Year 2020, New Zealand woke up to an apocalyptic, mustard-coloured sky, and in the haze of bushfires, a sense of foreboding was felt by many around the country...

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Welcome to the Sky Guide, your monthly guide to what's happening in the heavens!

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