Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Museum Allotment

I spent some time this afternoon with the volunteers and Rachel at the Museum allotment. We were cleaning and tidying the allotment in anticipation for this Saturday’s ‘Big Saturday’ at the Museum based around the theme of minibeasts. The allotment started in … Continue reading

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KE-EMu

KE-EMu is the storage database used by Manchester Museum to catalogue the entire collection at the musuem.  It is termed as a ‘collections management system’ and can store data on where the object is located in the musuem, where the object … Continue reading

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Herbarium

Over the past week or so I’ve been working in the Herbarium

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Sheffield Zooarchaeology Training course

Do you know your femur from your metatarsel?  How about your sheep radius from your cow ulna?  If your answer is no, then you’re in exactly the same position that I was in last week before attending the Zooarchaeology short … Continue reading

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Wonderful Whitworth Wildlife Big Saturday

How did you spend this weekend of unseasonably cold weather?  Potentially staying wrapped up indoors I bet!  But those who did brave the conditions were rewared on Saturday as the Manchester Museum Youth Board and the Friends of Whitworth park organised a festival … Continue reading

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Planting wildflowers at Whitworth park

As part of the museum’s commitment to ‘being greener’ a few of the museum team took part in a wildflower planting exercise at Whitworth park today.  Pete Stringer from Red Rose Forest was our host and he began by explaining a bit about … Continue reading

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Conservation work on the casts of Turkish friezes

This morning, Kate, Qin and I helped Susan clean the casts of Turkish friezes made in the Victorian age.  Friezes are the kind of thing used as decoration to go around temples; usually incorporating bas-reliefs.  Although of uncertain origin, the museum’s casts … Continue reading

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NatSCA conference 2012

I spent last weekend at the annual conference of the Natural Sciences Collections Association.   It took place in London at two venues; the wonderful Horniman Museum and the recently re-developed Grant Museum.  It was a great opportunity to learning new … Continue reading

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Type specimens

Dwarf Red Blackberry (Rubus pubescens) Courtesy of The Manchester Museum

‘Isotype’

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