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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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est. 1868: The Biggest Birthday Banner

For the last installment of our est. 1868 blog series, Curator Moira White investigates the story behind our supersized birthday banner.

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est. 1868: A Fascinating Face

In 1862, two years before it was official practice, the Dunedin postmaster began perforating sheets of Queen Victoria stamps. Honorary Curator Melville Carr takes a closer look at the many different designs used during the monarch's long reign.

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est. 1868: Alexander and Darius

Despite its tiny size, this painting has many stories to tell. Honorary Curator Robert Hannah explores its history.

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est. 1868: The fossil that fuelled a deadly disaster

Found preserved in rocks in Westland’s Grey Valley, this fossil leaf is a reminder of the worst industrial disaster in New Zealand’s history. Honorary Curator Rosi Crane digs into its deadly past.

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est. 1868: The story behind our Balmain dress

A fine example of haute couture can be found in the rarest category of est. 1868. Honorary Curator Jane Malthus explains how a 1948 Balmain dress ended up in the Otago Museum collection.

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Est. 1868: The allure of Aphrodite

She’s been a symbol of love and beauty for many thousands of years. Honorary Curator Robert Hannah takes a deeper look at the story behind Aphrodite’s nude form.

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Est. 1868: Bachelor beware

What stories are hidden inside this tiny box, currently on display in est. 1868? Curator Moira White takes a peek. 

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est. 1868: if looks could kill

Stone cold killer, hideous monster and protector against evil… the story of Medusa has taken many forms over the centuries. Honorary Curator Robert Hannah delves into her fascinating past.

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Est. 1868: Crap Coffee

This week in our est. 1868 blog series we're looking at what this little critter has to do with the production of the world's most expensive coffee, to celebrate World Coffee Day! 

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