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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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Listen: Operation Grapple Panel Discussion

Wed, 01 Jun 2022

This panel discussion, recorded at on 13 May at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, examines Aotearoa New Zealand's involvement in the British nuclear tests known as Operation Grapple, and the ongoing consequences for the sailors involved.

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Moa Moulds at the Museum

Tue, 31 May 2022

In 2005, the Museum’s Exhibitions Team was tasked with creating a replica articulated skeleton of a South Island Giant Moa for the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. Fortunately for the team, it wasn’t the first time this had been requested – an imitation skeleton had been made previously for a museum in Japan using moulds taken from a skeleton in the collection. 

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Bucchero or Black Glaze? Know Your Ancient Ceramics

Wed, 30 Mar 2022

Etruscan bucchero is a type of ceramic tableware produced in central Italy between the 7th and 5th centuries BCE. It is characterised by a dark grey or black clay that is burnished to create a highly polished surface that is thought, by some scholars, to emulate metal.

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