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Auckland Museum
12/03/2016 at 19:20. Facebook
Margaret Swarbrick was a dressmaker turned nurse who worked at a hospital in England that tended more than 20,000 New Zealand soldiers. She asked the men in her care to write in her autograph books. Their sketches, photographs and messages reveal the lighter side of life in a WWI military hospital.

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Auckland Museum
12/01/2016 at 23:52. Facebook
With the passing of Ray Columbus, New Zealand music has lost not just one of its greatest early stars but one of its most enduring champions.

Here's our #AMVolume tribute to Ray, New Zealand music pioneer:
Auckland Museum
12/01/2016 at 22:58. Facebook
Congratulations to our colleagues David Reeves and Victoria Passau. Yesterday, Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne announced David to be Chair of the Library and Information Advisory Commission; and Victoria was appointed to the Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library. This is a fantastic achievement and well deserved. #AMlife
Auckland Museum
11/30/2016 at 00:27. Facebook
This week we are bidding a fond farewell to Cindy Pocock-Smith. After 35 years at the museum, Cindy has decided to take the plunge into a new adventure. The entire museum team wish Cindy all the best for her next journey and we will miss her warmth and smiling face. #AMlife
Auckland Museum
11/29/2016 at 05:11. Facebook
Ray Columbus will be remembered by many for his on stage energy and tremendous contribution to New Zealand music.

"Go on stage and have a ball. I think that's why we were so successful, because people could feel that whenever we went on stage we were having fun."
Ray Columbus, 1942 - 2016.
Auckland Museum
11/28/2016 at 02:22. Facebook
You can put yourself on the cover of Rip It Up magazine at our latest exhibition Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa using the Spark All Access Pass. #AMVolume #SparkAAP
Auckland Museum
11/26/2016 at 00:52. Facebook
"Woooooooooooooooooow, we did it! Shout outs to the mentors, the mentees, the support team and the friends who all made this whole kaupapa happen. Acknowledgements to DJ Ned Roy for spinning for us and creating the atmosphere for all to enjoy and the people who showed our Rock it Crew love today. This is what Making Music in Aotearoa is all about!"
- Amiria Puia-Taylor, Youth Outreach...
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"I found this carving in a Salvation Army store and re-carved his face as he was cross-eyed. I then applied tattoo designs to him based on images from the Tangaroa figure in the British Museum. I did this to in a sense reinstate some of his mana and afford Tangaroa the respect he was once shown as god of the sea."
- Numangatini Fraser Mackenzie, Artist

Numa Natures Gentleman has co-curated a...
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This coming Saturday, 26 November from 11AM we are very excited to welcome 13 talented young music makers from across Auckland city to showcase the work they've created as part of our Rock It Music Mentoring Programme.

Each performance has been carefully crafted from the artists' own experience and passion - with help from mentors SWIDT, Yoko-Zuna, and Josie Clarke, and inspiration from the...
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Rock It Music Mentoring Programme at Auckland Museum

Check out the highlights from the Rock It Music Mentoring Programme, held at Auckland Museum as part of the landmark exhibition Volume: Making Music in Aotea...

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Over four decades award-winning Auckland fabric artist Susan Holmes established a broad repertoire of fabric art skills. Her work is now on show at Objectspace, and explored in the new book 'Susan Holmes Fabric Artist' by Cerys Dallaway-Davidson, Collection Manager at Auckland Museum.

Stencilling is arguably Susan's signature and the most well recognised part of her practice - exemplified by...
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Our latest Volume Museum Session is now live!

Watch RaizaBiza & Bianca Paulus perform 'Get By' with live musicians on the roof of the museum with Auckland's night skyline in the distance.

Check out our website to catch up on the full series:

#AMVolume #AucklandMuseum #RaizaBiza
​This year is the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Royal New Zealand Navy. To mark the occasion, we've delved into our collection to explore the histories of some of the battle cruisers and personalities involved in the establishment of New Zealand's modern navy.
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Read the story on Online Cenotaph:

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Yesterday we welcomed over 50 MPs from 21 Pacific nations into the Museum. The delegation went on guided tours of the Museum, then visited the Collections Hub to hear about the Pacific Collection Access Project and see a display of Pacific treasures, photographs, and manuscripts.

The song you hear is 'Oe A Ra', sang by our team. It is a way to welcome our guests - inviting them to paddle the...
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We’re sorry to hear of the passing of iconic New Zealand photographer Marti Friedlander.

Despite the beauty of New Zealand's landscapes, it was the people that caught Marti Friedlander's eye. Preferring to take photographs in situ, at people’s home or place of work, Marti gave us a prominent record of life in New Zealand spanning decades.

Marti has left an enormous contribution to the arts...
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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Thank you to all who joined us for a beautiful Remembrance Sunday - especially our wonderful performers: the dance troupe Feisty Feet, with ‘Keepsake’; and the Auckland Girls' Choir, singing to remember those who lost...
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One of the most beloved items in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's collection belonged not to a service person, but to a canine hero.

Caesar was a Red Cross dog who trained to find wounded soldiers on the battle fields. Dogs, with their superior sense of smell were well suited to locating soldiers in areas where they might have been missed by their human counterparts.

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Over the past few weeks the 2016 Kermadec expedition team have encountered rare sharks, humpback whales, sea dragons, corals, urchins and all manner of invertebrates. Not to mention the successful release of Koha the hawksbill turtle back into the wild near Raoul Island.

But now the time has come to embark on the 1000km return journey home and reflect on the expedition successes, read our...
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The architects of Auckland War Memorial Museum were all New Zealanders who had served in the First World War.

Hugh Grierson, Kenneth Aimer, and Keith Draffin designed the winning entry in a competition for a War Memorial Museum for Auckland that would commemorate those from the Auckland region, from the far north to Taupō, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This Armistice Day we look at the...
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Today we commemorate Armistice Day to mark the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War.

The signing of the armistice between Allied Powers and Germany took place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918.

We will remember them.
Last night we came together to mark the opening of our new gallery Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre.

Now open to the public, Pou Maumahara will be the home of Online Cenotaph and a space for visitors to explore the stories behind photos, diaries and military collections.

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