Cabinet of Curiosities Unveiled

Investigating quirky collections big and small, public and private, known and unknown, Pecha Kucha #21 will be hosted by the Otago Museum with presentations from avid collectors, museum professionals and aficionados of the collecting world.

Presenters from a spectrum of creative and academic institutions are lined up for our first Pecha Kucha night for the year, including: the Otago Museum’s Director Dr Ian Griffin, who will tell the captivating story behind HMS Bounty objects in the Museum’s collection; Emma Burns, Curator – Natural Science, who will share the unique world of whale bone collecting; and Dr Jane Malthus, Honorary Curator of the Museum’s fashion and textiles collections, who will uncover a life enriched with lace.

Offering a glimpse into the future of collections is Eva Gluyas, Otago Polytechnic’s innovation workSpace manager, who will speak about the potential inherent in the relationship between collections and 3D printing technology.

Collections Supervisor Barbara Wheeler from the Dunedin Botanic Garden unearths a colourful array of weird and wonderful plants. Her presentation will reveal the breadth of the Garden’s botanical collection.

The full list of presenters: 

  • Dr Ian Griffin, Director of Otago Museum
  • Dr Jane Malthus, Honarary Curator of Textiles at Otago Museum
  • Emma Burns, Curator, Otago Museum
  • Amanda Mills and Katherine Milburn from the Hocken Library
  • Cam McCracken, Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
  • Barbara Wheeler from the Botanic Gardens
  • Ian Chapman aka Dr Glam from the University of Otago 
  • Gavin O'Brien, Designer, Otago Polytechnic
  • Eva Gluyas from Innovation Workspace at the Polytechnic
  • Lemuel Lyes self-confessed history geek (and collector)
  • Ian Loughran aka Prof Goff, poet, comedian music aficionado
  • Noel Waite, Designer lecturer and City of Literature enthusiast







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Photo: The intricate and delicate lace creation of Brenda Bell as presented by Dr Jane Malthus, Honorary Curator of the Otago Museum’s fashion and textiles collections