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Place Personified

Thu, 05 Oct 2017

If you had something to say to Antarctica, what would that be? Quite a few people actually have quite a lot to say, and the question is a surprisingly topical one for New Zealanders.


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John Sinclair's Homemade Camera

Fri, 22 Sep 2017

Carpenter John Sinclair (1843–1925) was a man of many talents. Although initially employed as a carpenter on Cheviot Hills run...
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Body Beautiful

Fri, 11 Aug 2017

Canterbury Museum has recently acquired a small gold and pounamu locket which links Christchurch to a pioneer of the body...
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His Master's Voice

Wed, 07 Jun 2017

An album of photographs in Canterbury Museum’s collection taken by Herbert Ponting holds some of the most iconic images of...

Online Exhibitions

Selling the Dream

Selling the Dream is a collection of world-class tourism posters promoting New Zealand’s unique attractions in an age before television and the Internet. Created by some of the country’s finest commercial artists, the themes promoted through the posters reveal New Zealand’s developing national identity in the early twentieth century.

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