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Crossing cultures at graduation.. and beyondRead MoreJuly 16, 2022


Bryant Avendano journey as a PhD student from the University of Canterbury in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering is captured in his graduation gown.

The Ancient Order of ForestersRead MoreJuly 15, 2022

This week a parcel arrived that contained a rather wonderful trove of treasures.

Dr Naomi CampbellRead MoreJuly 9, 2022

The model, actor and activist, Naomi Campbell, has received a doctorate in honour of her work in the fashion industry.

Eskay of WellingtonRead MoreJuly 9, 2022


A somewhat mysterious piece of kiwiana has found its way into the collection.

The Cotton Winding DeviceRead MoreJuly 9, 2022


Severino Guidi, an Italian farm boy, shot to worldwide fame at the age of eleven with his pen and ink studies of animals, flowers and machinery.

The 102 Great IdeasRead MoreJuly 9, 2022

In the 1940s, American scholars embarked on an ambitious project to capture almost every great idea in Western civilisation.

Robert DebieveRead MoreJuly 3, 2022


Robert Debieve was a French textile designer of the mid-20th Century.

Walter Oltmann's GombessaRead MoreJuly 3, 2022


The South African artist, Walter Oltmann, is intrigued by life in its many forms.

Shetland PrideRead MoreJuly 3, 2022

This week, Shetland celebrated its first-ever Pride event.

Sculpture - the clean way Read MoreJuly 2, 2022


In the many books that are in the collection is an intriguing one about the craft, and art, of carving in an unusual material: soap!