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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Watch: Women and Photography in the Nineteenth Century

Thu, 24 Jun 2021

 Curator Human History Dr Jill Haley explores the various ways that women shaped photography in the nineteenth century, both behind and before the camera.

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Know Your Moa

Fri, 18 Jun 2021

Even within the same species, moa sizes can vary widely, which can make it difficult to tell which species' bones you're looking at.

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Treasures from Rotuma

Fri, 21 May 2021

To celebrate Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta (Rotuman Language Week), we've highlighted a few treasures from this Pacific island.

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