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The stories behind the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and the work of our curators, scientists and staff.

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Breaking the Ice: The First Year in Antarctica

Before the world had heard of Scott and Shackleton, another explorer hatched a plan to spend a year in Antarctica. He was Carsten Borchgrevink, and his team proved it was possible for humans to survive the Antarctic winter.

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Dogs in Antarctica: Tales from the Pack

Meet the canine characters who helped Antarctic heroes like Scott and Shackleton explore the icy continent. From Kid the Courageous to Osman the Great, the dogs who pulled sledges and provided companionship on the great Antarctic expeditions all had tales of their own. 

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Roald Amundsen's Pocket Knife

Thu, 30 Sep 2021

Canterbury Museum cares for the knife Roald Amundsen used for cutting and erecting the pole on which the Norwegian flag was flown at the South Pole on 14 December 1911.

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Watch: Standish and Preece, Christchurch Photographers

Fri, 20 Aug 2021

Watch a talk by curators Dr Jill Haley and Dan Stirland on New Zealand's longest-running photography studio, Standish and Preece. 

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The Ostrich Farm in Merivale

Thu, 05 Aug 2021

It's hard to imagine these days, but an area near Merivale Mall was once a farm for ostriches.

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