18 Oct 2020

Nature Stilled: the Te Papa backroom laid bare

From Standing Room Only, 12:45 pm on 18 October 2020

A fascination with historical natural history objects carefully stored in drawers, jars and cabinets in the vaults of Te Papa has led photographer Jane Ussher on a journey of discovery. Her book Nature - Stilled  reveals items from our history that would otherwise remain tucked away, seen only by the dedicated curators charged with their care.

It includes items collected by Te Papa and the handwriting on the tags written by museum staff and the original collectors of shells and mosses. It is also filled with pictures of stuffed birds! 

Jane joins Lynn to discuss her book and what the process is like for documenting the backroom.