Otago Museum reaching for the stars

Taieri River in flood

Taieri River in flood

I’ve just come back to damp Wellington after a brief visit to the wintery/watery south.  Flying into Dunedin over the Taieri River flowing clay-coloured between its stopbanks amid waterlogged fields, I found a very warm welcome despite the weather. In fact the sun came out in the afternoon and the suggestion was made that Dunedin should be known for being ‘not cold, but cool!’.

I was in Dunedin for the formal welcome for Dr Ian Griffin, who has taken up the directorship of Otago Museum.  It was a great pleasure to be there and join with museum colleagues, mayors, board members, university and community representatives, in supporting Ian’s appointment. It is also very good to be welcoming Otago Museum back as members of Museums Aotearoa.

Dr Ian Griffin

Dr Ian Griffin

Ian gave a very thoughtful address, outlining his ideas about what museums are and do – they change lives – and his vision for Otago Museum.  I particularly liked his story of a young girl visiting a renewed Otago Museum with her family in 5 years time, and being inspired to go on to found a biotechnology company and become New Zealand’s first female Nobel Laureate.

Being an astronomer, Ian knows a lot about stars, and is keen on the idea of a permanent planetarium at the museum … You can read the full story on Ian Griffin’s blog here.

Ngā mihi,


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