Author Archives: Gina Allnatt

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

My new blog is up.

You can find it here. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as you have this one!

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Last Day

Today is my last day as a curatorial trainee at Manchester Museum. I will be starting a new blog very soon on how I am working towards my AMA and the work I will be doing in Museums as a … Continue reading

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Insect Memories

Friday was my last day in the Entomology department as a funded HLF biology curatorial trainee, so I decided to photograph some neotropical specimens. Dmitri still wants me to come back as a research volunteer to work on the Dermaptera … Continue reading

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Neglected Spirits

Every Wednesday for the past few weeks my volunteer Veronica and I have been cleaning and assessing the condition of the botanical fluid specimens in the spirit store. Many of the specimens have not been topped up since the 1930s. … Continue reading

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Schreger Lines and Narwhal Tusks

On Tuesday and Wednesday I attended a course at Lancashire Conservation Studios on how to identify keratinous and osseous materials. The course (which was taught by Dr. Sonia O’ Connor) was so intensive that I couldn’t possibly touch on everything … Continue reading

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Visiting artist to the Herbarium

On Wednesday we had a visitor the herbarium-Moira Carter. She is an artist who has worked on the Iraqi Flora Project at Kew Botanic Gardens. The previous day I had gotten out a variety of unusual looking seed pods for … Continue reading

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Mathematical, Mysterious Cicadas

The photo above is a picture I took last year in Belize of a molted cicada skin. This is the husk the insect leaves behind as it finally emerges as an adult insect after its long life cycle. Despite the … Continue reading

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