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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 2, 2022


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

Walter Oltmann's GombessaRead MoreJuly 2, 2022


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

Shetland PrideRead MoreJuly 2, 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!

MatarikiRead MoreJune 25, 2022

New Year has just been celebrated in New Zealand - a very important occasion for not only the country but the world.

Rediscovering recordsRead MoreJune 19, 2022

There is something rather wonderful about listening to records.

Athi-Patra Ruga and Irma SternRead MoreJune 18, 2022

Athi-Patra Ruga, a South African fashion history and design artist, is currently showing at Cape Town's Irma Stern Gallery.