North Otago Museum Blog

Featuring thoughts and ideas from the North Otago Museum.

  • Timothy Te Maiharoa with mokihi, 1990. Waitaki District Archive 3749P

    6 February, Waitangi Day. The current exhibition upgrade project at the North Otago Museum is an opportunity for our museum to confirm its commitment to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi. So what does this mean? What will it look like for visitors?

  • Tin Toy Pig, North Otago Museum 88/496

    This year, 2019, the Chinese New Year is on Tuesday, February 5. The date shifts each year because it depends on the lunar calendar. 2019 is the year of the pig. The pig is last animal in the cycle of 12. Next year, 2020, will be the year of the rat.

  • 10th Regiment North Otago Rifles Cap badge North Otago Museum 79/726

    The 11th of November 2018 is the centennial of the World War One Armistice. An armistice is a truce. Opposing forces might agree to an armistice while they work out peace terms. And that is what happened in World War One.

  • Suffrage 125 logo

    This year Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrating 125 years since women successfully fought to be allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. There are lots of good online resources connected with this anniversary.

  • Detail of NOM 2017/138 made for Maritza Boutique

    May 18 is International Museum Day. The theme for this year’s International Museum Day is "Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics".

  • Tea cosy display at the Oamaru Opera House

    A selection of tea cosies from the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

  • Serbian Cross of Mercy 1912 medal North Otago Museum 97/1105

    Some local military stories are well known. Others have come to light only recently. The following biography of local World War One nurse Maria (Ria) Emily Murray (1891 – 1976) took me 7 years of research on and off to uncover.

  • Dr Paul Scofield numbering moa bones

    While the front part of the North Otago Museum is closed to the public we have been using that space to sort out some of our collection objects. Most recently we have been working on the museum’s collection of bird bones.

  • Waitaki District Archive 3742P: Chinese Community Float VJ Day Parade

    This weekend the wider Waitaki community has been invited to celebrate Chinese New Year in Oamaru Public Gardens with an International Food Court, Performances, Chinese games and more.

  • The Waitangi Sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed between the British Crown and various Māori chiefs in 1840.

    Tomorrow, 6 February, is Waitangi Day. One of the first exhibitions I was involved with at the North Otago Museum was hosting the touring exhibition Treaty 2 U back in 2011.

  • Embroidered smoker's cap North Otago Museum 2006/06

    A selection of interesting men's headwear the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

  • Private Rosewell. J. Watson

    Today, October 12 2017, is the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele. Records indicate that 843 New Zealand soldiers died that day in 1917, including at least 7 North Otago servicemen.

  • Detail of ostrich feather and mother of pearl fan. North Otago Museum 79.924

    A selection of beautiful fans from the collection of the North Otago Museum are currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

  • Trial of Wolseley's Shearing Machine at Robert Campbell's, Otekaieke. 1887. Waitaki District Archive 3307P

    Behind the scenes at the museum I am still working on researching our collections. This work supports the Cultural Facility Development Project. I am continuing work on the museum’s collection of agricultural equipment at the moment.

  • North Otago Museum 79.685 pair of shoes

    A selection of fantastic shoes from the collection of the North Otago Museum is currently on display at the Oamaru Opera House.

  • Image of A J Tiddy in World War One uniform. Waitaki District Archive 7935

    June 7th this year will be the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Messines. While overall the capture of Messines Ridge was a success, around 700 New Zealanders died during this action. Another 3,700 people were wounded.

  • This rabbit was shot at Airedale by Mr McNeilly, while working for the Papakaio Rabbit Board. NOM 06/108

    Every year museums around the world celebrate International Museum Day on the 18th of May. The theme for 2017 is "Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums".

  • Beuoy capon tools NOM80.71

    Behind the scenes at the museum work continues on our collections. This work supports the Cultural Facility Development Project. Currently I am working on the museum’s collection of agricultural equipment. Before I saw the light and became a museum worker I had dreams of being a veterinarian.

  • North Otago Museum 2015/94

    I blogged about the Weston-Ardgowan Red Cross quilt when it was on display in 2015 as part of our World War One exhibition.

  • North Otago Museum 97/246

    You are invited to hear Professor Richard Walter discuss current thinking about the prehistoric colonisation of Aotearoa at the North Otago Museum on Wednesday 5 April starting at 6pm.

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