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abingdon After extensive restoration of the magnificent 17th century building, the Abingdon County Hall Museum has reopened with three floors of new exhibitions. Originally built to house law courts, since 1919 the County Hall has held a variety of local collections of geology, archaeology and history. The main gallery now tells the story of Abingdon-on-Thames, the longest continually inhabited settlement in England, and features the last MGB roadster car made in the town. Upstairs in the attic there are town treasures and objects linked to local people and places.

Browse their eHive account to see the top 100 objects from the Museum’s collection.

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Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame imageThe remote central Queensland location of the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre has proved no barrier to visitors.  Since its opening in 1988 it has drawn a huge number of national and international visitors to experience the centre and see its architecturally iconic buildings.  The collections tell the story of the explorers, indigenous people, pastoralists and stock workers of the extraordinary landscape of interior Australia.

The collections include a large archival collection and fantastic photographic collection.  Browse their collections and see the eclectic mix of objects being catalogued and published to the web.

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Fairfield Halls is an entertainment venue with a rich history. Based in Croydon, South London, Fairfield Halls comprises a gallery, theatre and concert hall buildings that were opened in 1962.  Over the years, a large and colourful selection of Fairfield Halls’ archives has been gathered.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their opening, a selection of these archives is now online.

The ‘Fairfield at 50’ project uses an eHive account and our Wordpress plugins to create a branded website.  You can browse the Fairfield Halls eHive account within eHive, and also on the ‘Fairfield at 50’ website.  Search for your favourite band!

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Bearded Ghost Photograph - 35 mm slideThe Museum of the Macabre is an online museum that intrigues visitors with all things supernatural, selected from their archival, photographic and historical object collections.  From articles about levitating spiritual mediums in 1930’s London, to detailed photographs of early Ouija boards, the museum’s mission is to throw light on the unique historical significance of supernatural research and documentation.

In an unusual order, the museum’s objects have first been documented and exhibited online before a physical museum is established.  In the meantime, their award-nominated Philadelphia based website is being hailed as a wide reaching, interactive and accessible online project.

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Howick Historical Village is a living history museum in a peaceful natural setting. It comprises 30 buildings set in 7 acres of grounds and gardens, and depicts a Fencible settlement in the period from 1840 to 1880. The Fencibles were pensioned-off British soldiers who came out to New Zealand with wives and families, ready to protect the city of Auckland should it come under attack.

The collection at the Howick Historical Village includes art, furniture, textiles and archives and aims to show early Auckland life in the period 1840 to 1880. The Village includes period-correct plants and is part of a heritage plants trust, which works to maintain genetic stock for edible tree crops, and is also part of the Auckland Seed Savers.

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Royal Logistic Corps MuseumThe Royal Logistic Corps Museum tells the story of logistical support to the British Army from the time of Oliver Cromwell to the present. Visitors can examine how over the last 500 years the soldier has been transported, fed, supplied with arms and equipment and kept in touch with loved ones. Exhibits include weapons, uniforms, medals and equipment relevant to the RLC (formed 1993) and its predecessors, whose collections are also held. These include the Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Corps of Transport, the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, the Royal Pioneer Corps, the Army Catering Corps and the Postal and Courier Service (Royal Engineers).

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The National Philatelic Collection is a unique repository of philately and artworks relating to the design of Australian postage stamps. The collection presents the background story to stamp issues through items such as source photographs and artwork illustrating the development stages of the stamp design to printed proofs of the finished stamp.

The collection is a source of information not only to philatelists, but also to those interested in the history of graphic design and printing in Australia. It tells the story of events and personalities that shaped contemporary Australia, reflecting and documenting the development of national identity.

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South Georgia Museum

South Georgia Museum

South Georgia is a sub Antarctic island rich in natural, social and political history. It is located in the South Atlantic Ocean, near the Falkland Islands, and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. South Georgia Museum is situated in the Villa of an old whaling station in Grytviken, and houses artefacts of the whaling and sealing industries, Antarctic Explorer Ernest Shackleton, and natural and military history. South Georgia was partly the scene of the Falklands War in 1982, and is now home to two British Antarctic Research Stations.

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Waitangi National Trust

Waitangi National Trust

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are the historical site of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi); New Zealand’s founding document. The 506 hectare site was gifted to New Zealand in trust by Lord and Lady Bledisloe in 1932 and is now home to numerous artefacts of key historical significance, as well as being a vibrant and active historical site. Their collections comprise Māori and Pākehā historical artefacts, archives and art.

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Owaka Museum

Owaka MuseumOwaka Museum is situated in the beautiful Catlins region of the South Island of New Zealand. This award- winning museum is a new facility, and has been a real focal point for the community since it opened in 2007. Its collections detail the pioneering history of the area, with focus also on the coastal environment and its unique history. The collections reveal fantastic tales of early industry, life in the remote pioneering community, and the challenges of farming and living in the demanding climate.

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Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses explores the innovation, sacrifice and daring of Scottish shipping history. Hundreds of lighthouses have been in use in Scotland since the 1700s to protect ships from the treacherous coasts. There were also dangers on land, with the coastline claiming the lives of Lighthouse keepers. Lighthouses evolved from a using a naked flame to using gigantic lenses and technology. Read more about the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses and view their first objects on eHive.

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Portage Ceramics Trust

Portage Ceramics TrustThe fabled story of the growth of New Zealand pottery company Crown Lynn is one most New Zealanders are familiar with. Becoming the largest pottery company in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1970s and fostering young design talent with their Crown Lynn Design Awards are just some aspects of the business we admire. Read more about the history and see Crown Lynn objects as catalogued by the Portage Ceramics Trust. The trust was established to catalogue a private Crown Lynn collection, and as it is currently closed to the public this is a unique opportunity to learn more about it.

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