Category Archives: Conservation

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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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Ecuador in the Herbarium

I kind of grin at the title I’ve chosen for this post, as it certainly didn’t feel like Ecuador in there today! It was pretty cold! The reason Ecuador is the theme of this post has less to do with … Continue reading

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Feather Conservation Course

On Wednesday and Thursday I attended a feather conservation workshop delivered by conservator Allyson Rae. The course was held at the Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Study Centre. Note that while there is a picture of a bundle of cassowary feathers … Continue reading

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Temporary storage for gallery specimens

The bird gallery at the Manchester Museum is currently having some building work done on it. As a result, we have had to remove many of the specimens off the gallery space. It was decided that the birds would be … Continue reading

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More condition reporting

This startled me when I first saw it on the shelf I have improved my condition report sheets. When I first went into the zoology stores to examine the specimens, I had a makeshift sheet which I jotted down information … Continue reading

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Condition reporting- A glimpse at the birds

As part of my training plan, I will be learning to repair bird taxidermy. First of all, however, I need to write up condition reports of the damaged taxidermy in the zoology stores.  A condition report is a document that … Continue reading

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Cleaning a black-headed gull

I did some work in the conservation department today. Tomorrow some animals will be taken to a meeting so that our Handling Volunteers can get used to them. The animals are from the Discovery Centre but a few of them … Continue reading

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