Category Archives: curation

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The Simms Indo-Australian Collection

I’m currently working on documenting and updating the nomenclature of this collection of butterflies, which was donated to The Manchester Museum in 1960 by the brothers Harold M and F.H. Simms along with a smaller European collection of Lepidoptera. Along … 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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Snapshots from the past

Yesterday my volunteer Veronica and I put away some interesting objects called magic lantern slides. Lantern slides were a popular tool used in the early days at Manchester Museum for lectures and presentations. Most of the slides were of photographs … Continue reading

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Day Four: NHM Tring

Osteology was the order of the day on Thursday. I worked with Joanne Cooper and volunteer Mandy Holloway. Jo first showed me the dermesterium, where colonies of flesh-eating beetles are kept. They strip down a specimen to its skeleton. The … Continue reading

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Day Three: NHM Tring

On Wednesday I worked again in the bird skins area. The Extinct and Endangered birds are currently being moved to more secure cabinets. While the majority of the collection is now locked away, some of the endangered birds are still … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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