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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: Deadly Dressing: How Fashion was Fatal to the Victorians

Tue, 17 Dec 2019

 Learn about nineteenth-century fashion victims in this talk by Dr Jill Haley, Curator Human History.

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Muttonbirding on the Chatham Islands

Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Muttonbirding typically refers to the harvest of tītī or Sooty Shearwater chicks - but on the Chatham Islands it could mean the harvest of albatross chicks.

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New Brass Chain for Ivan Mauger's Gold Motorbike

Thu, 19 Sep 2019

Ivan Mauger’s gold-plated motorbike is sporting new brass chains thanks to the generosity of a New Plymouth motorbike enthusiast.

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