Material culture

Natalie Marshall

Posted on August 31 2023

Natalie is currently working part-time as a Heritage Assessment Advisor at the Central Region office of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, based in Wellington. She is also a freelance researcher, curator, and writer. She was curator of photographs at the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, from 2011 to 2023, and has held previous roles in acquisition, appraisal,

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Tony Rasmussen

Posted on July 26 2022

I am a graduate in history from Massey University, Palmerston North. My first graduate role was researching Maori Anglican clergy for the Religion and Church People Working Party of the DNZB. In 1992 I joined the Manawatu Museum Te Whare Pupuri Taonga o Manawatu as Research Assistant, developing content for permanent exhibitions of the institution’s new facility (now Te Manawa).

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William Cottrell

Posted on September 21 2021

Art History Ph.D. Montana Reference & Anthology Award (2007) Society of Authors Best Non-Fiction Award (2007) Member NZ Conservator of Cultural Materials Area of expertise: Early NZ-made furniture, 19th-century design, cabinet making, manufacturing, domestic interiors, furniture retailing, image reproduction, printing, copyright infringement. Furniture restorer, conservator, heritage building interiors. Author: Furniture of the New Zealand Colonial Era 1830-1900 (2006); Patterns –

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Vicky McCulloch

Posted on September 21 2021

Experienced Collection Manager and Archivist with a demonstrated history of working in the heritage industry. Skilled in archives and collection management and research. Professional with a Post Graduate Diploma Museum Studies, Bachelor of Arts in history and Diploma of Business in management.

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Phil Lascelles

Posted on September 21 2021

Employed part-time at MTG Hawkes Bay as copyright specialist; also tutoring Museum Studies paper at Massey University. Current Research Projects include “Biography of New Zealand Seafarers 1914-18” and Digital History Research methodology to aid reconnnecting narrative to museum collection objects. Published work Lascelles, P.R. (2024). Necessities for our Existence. Biography of New Zealanders employed in Mercantile Marine during WWI. Napier,

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Karin Speedy

Posted on September 21 2021

As a historian, researcher, writer, literary scholar, linguist and translator, my work focuses on the tensions at the intersections (both geographical and textual) of contact between Indigenous and settler populations in the colonial and postcolonial Francophone and Anglophone worlds. I am especially interested in creolisation and anti-colonial resistance and my writing reflects critically on trans-imperial networks, horizontal mobilities, slavery and forced

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Julia Bradshaw

Posted on September 21 2021

Currently Senior Curator Human History at Canterbury Museum, Julia Bradshaw has worked in Museums for about 27 years. Julia has a background in South Island history and has a special interest in New Zealand’s gold-rushes, Chinese, women and remote places and she has had five books published on these topics. She is currently researching European use of pounamu, Chinese-European marriages

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Jane Vial

Posted on September 21 2021

MA (distinction), Dip Arts, BA Director Art & Heritage Services – art historian, curator, lecturer and writer. RECENT PUBLICATIONS In Plain Sight: Margaret Frankel, the overlooked foundation artist of The Group, Bulletin, no 205 (2021) Christchurch Art Gallery, https://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/bulletin/205/in-plain-sight Elizabeth Lissaman: New Zealand’s Pioneer Studio Potter, Rim Books (2019). Commissioned by Marlborough Museum. LECTURER Art in the Great Outdoors –

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Ian Dougherty

Posted on September 21 2021

Hello. I am a Dunedin-based historian but tend to travel to where the work takes me. I have an MA in history from Otago University and a Diploma in Journalism from Canterbury University. I am the author of more than 30 non-fiction books on New Zealand history, biography, culture and society. I am always looking for interesting new projects, large

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Grace Bateman

Posted on September 21 2021

Dr Grace Bateman (PhD Otago, History). Information about my thesis research is here: http://otago.ourarchive.ac.nz/handle/10523/4752 Based in Dunedin. I am available for research into a diverse variety of aspects of society and culture. Basically, you name it, I can do it. As a Xennial, I combine the best of Generation X and Millennial thinking and experience. I have a wide range

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Helen Leggatt

Posted on September 21 2021

I am in my final year of a PhD in History (UC Doctoral Scholarship) at the University of Canterbury. My research interests include nineteenth- and early twentieth-century deathways with a focus on the British colonies, transnational histories, and social history. My PhD thesis explores the introduction of modern cremation to New Zealand (1874-1946) with a focus on the technology’s reception

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Christopher Thompson

Posted on September 21 2021

Dr Christopher Thompson is a design historian and was educated at the University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and the University of Brighton (England) where he gained a PhD with a thesis on the invention of industrial design councils in Great Britain and New Zealand. As a cataloguer and, later, curator of international decorative arts and design, he

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Fiona Mckergow

Posted on September 10 2021

I have a background in collaborative history – Women Together (1993, 2018); Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (1996, 1998); Looking Flash (2007); Te Hao Nui (2011) – and museum curatorship. In 2020, I was granted an Award in History to prepare my doctoral thesis on colonial textile culture in 19th century Aotearoa New Zealand for publication. I am an editor

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Lynette Townsend

Posted on September 2 2021

I’m a historian with a focus on telling stories through alternative media and multiple platforms. I’m currently doing that through collectable stamps and coins at New Zealand Post. Projects completed while Senior Historian, Audio-Visual Content at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage include ‘Te Tai: Treaty Settlement Stories’, and ‘Women, the Vote and Activism’ for Suffrage 125.I also have

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