Day Two: NHM Tring

On Tuesday I worked with curator Mark Adams on the skin collection.

The collection is one of the most heavily used in the world by researchers and scientists. Because of this, sometimes the drawers can get a bit unorganized.

The cabinets filled with broadbills were in need of reorganizing, so we set to work on those. The species we worked with is the Long-Tailed Broadbill or Psarisomus dalhousiae.

Each drawer in a cabinet is labelled with the species name and the locality in which it was collected. The drawer we worked on was meant to be filled with Burmese specimens, but specimens from other drawers were mixed in with them.

My first task was to check the localities on the labels were all Burmese. Since some of these places are obscure and unfamiliar, I consulted the Times Atlas of the World.

I then separated the specimens by locality, and made a note of any localities that turned up that were not Burmese.

 

We then did the same with drawers of Assamese and Nepalese specimens

It was very satisfying putting everything in its right place, and a useful curation exercise, as curators often come up against geographical and organisational problems.

 

The “End”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Gina Allnatt

I have just finished a year long traineeship as a Biology Curator at Manchester Museum. I am currently a research and curation volunteer in the Entomology and Botany departments. -Gina Allnatt
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