Monthly Archives: May 2012

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the way any organisation with a collection of potentially vulnerable objects seeks to control pests; often via ecologically-sound means.  It’s so important to keep items in the museum in good condition; and IPM is one of the … Continue reading

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The museum allotment (update)

As this week of gorgeous weather draws to a close I thought I’d just give a quick update on how the allotment is doing.  As you can see, the hot weather has not tempered the verdant-hue of the allotment’s cornucopic … Continue reading

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Sustainability workshop

This week I’ve been busy preparing items for an A-level workshop based upon sustainable consumption.  This is an area that I am particularly interested in; and is something that I can only see increasing in importance as the recession continues its … Continue reading

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Day Five: Mineralogy

Today was our final day at the NHM (sob!); but at least we went out on a high with some really interesting information and viewings of the mineralogy collection. David Smith was our guide for the day; and alongside Peter … Continue reading

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Day Four: Entomology

Kirsty and I spent today in the company of Alessandro Giusti, who is a curator of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) at the museum.  Alessandro gave us a great look around the HUGE entomological collection at the NHM; and also shared … Continue reading

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Day Three: Botany

Day three at the Natural History Museum involved working with Jovita and Ranee in the Botany department.  They were only too happy to share their good practice and expertise with Kirsty and I.  Our first task undertaken involved laying out … Continue reading

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Day two: Palaeontology

Day two at the NHM took place with Martin Munt and his team who work with the invertebrate fossil collection at the museum.  I didn’t know you could get invertebrate fossils I hear you say?  Well you can!  Think about … Continue reading

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First day at the Natural History Museum

Today was my first day of a week long placement at the Natural History Musuem in London.  Over the next week, myself and Kirsty (HLF biology curatorial trainee: Leeds) will be experiencing life as a curator in palaeontology, botany, entomology … Continue reading

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The Botany spirit collection

Yesterday, Lindsey Loughtman (Assistant curator- Botany) and I carried out an inspection of one of the shelves of the botany spirit collection.  The botancial spirit collection can be found with other natural sciences spirit collections (including a spooky severed hand!) in the … Continue reading

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Photographing Leo Grindon Herbarium sheets for KE-EMu

Today I’ve been photographing sheets from the Leo Grindon Herbarium collection.  Leopold Hartley Grindon (1818-1904) was a Victorian botanist with a keen interest in cultivated plants and the educational use of specimens.  The Grindon herbarium, in addition to those of two … Continue reading

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