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Museum acting director Cam McCracken told the museum board this week he was "pleased'' with artefact processing progress.
Museum staff were giving the work top priority, and the backlog-clearing efforts, which began last August were expected to be completed by this August, he said.
There had been a five-year backlog, after an initial "spike'' of donated artefacts to the museum in 2013.
This had followed a multi-year moratorium on gifting of items to the museum during the museum's redevelopment project, the board heard.
The Dunedin City Council-owned museum reopened in December 2012, after its $37.5million redevelopment was completed.
Two of the five years of accession work backlog had been completed.
One team of museum staff was working forwards from items first provided to the museum in 2013 and the other team was working backwards from last year.
Work on the project had increased over the past few months and the backlog of all incoming donations had been dealt with.