Would you have the patience to spend 10 years trying to find something practically invisible? Botanist Carlos Lehnebach recently discovered his ‘holy grail’ – a collection of tiny ghost orchids in the Wellington region.
Conservator Robert Clendon takes us through the conservation techniques he’s using on some of the international material in our collections – two Greek objects around 2,500 years old, and a 1894 copy of the famous Portland Vase.
Fabulous beasts and where they lurk in our library
A steampunk Pokémon sea dragon, mutant whales, and a sabre-toothed devil bunny of the Aztecs. Librarian Martin Lewis (aka @RareBookGuy) presents his favourite curious creatures while researching this month.
The big OE: How Oceania’s treasures made their way to London’s Royal Academy
The opening of Oceania sees 500 years of Pacific art take centre-stage at the Royal Academy in London. With six objects from our collection featuring in the exhibition, Collection Manager Shane James provides a glimpse into how some of the Pacific’s most revered taonga made their way to London.
Conservator Nirmala Balram talks through the process in stabilising a fragile poutokomanawa (centre post) called Rongotueruora, affectionately known as ‘Iron Man’ due to his iron shoulder pads and rāpaki (skirt).
Putting the pieces back together after the earthquake
Last November an earthquake shook Wellington awake. Out of our two million collection objects, only nine were damaged. Here, conservation intern Charlotte Jimenez explains the intricate process of restoring one of them.