Monthly Archives: October 2012

American Museum of Natural History

Just a quick post to say what a wonderful time I had when I visited the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) recently in New York. It’s an exceptionally large museum; even incorporating a planetarium!  The displays were informative and … Continue reading

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Working on Nature’s Library

This week I’ve been back at Manchester assisting assistant curator of zoology Kate Sherburn with some preparatory work for the new ‘Nature’s Library’ gallery (due to open in April 2013). It is very important that everything fits together properly in … Continue reading

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Final couple of days at the Leeds Discovery Centre

My final activity at Leeds was to help my fellow trainee Kirsty, curator Rebecca Machin and conservator Emma Bowron with the task of removing a thylacine, that had been on display at Leeds City Museum for a long time.  This was so … Continue reading

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More work at Leeds Discovery Centre

Just thought I’d let you know about what I’ve been getting up to at Leeds over the past couple of days! This green turtle, which is going to be displayed alongside the camel skull at the City Museum, needed brushing … Continue reading

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Week at Leeds Discovery Centre

This week I’m based at the Leeds Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre holds the collections of all the City council museums; including those of the Leeds City Museum and Kirkstall Abbey. It is a real treasure trove of collections housed … Continue reading

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Caring for Botanical Collections Course at Liverpool World Museum

Last Thursday, Gina (my predecessor from last years traineeship cohort) and I spent the day at the Liverpool World Museum on a botany curation course. Gina has written an excellent account of the day which you can read on her … Continue reading

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Thursday 27 September – The final day in the Botany Department at the NHM

Thursday AKA the final day : ( began with a discussion with Jovita about loans; why they are necessary and issues surrounding agreeing to loan objects.  The NHM is understandably reluctant to loan items to anyone; only people affiliated with … Continue reading

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Wednesday 26 September – Third day in the Botany Department at the NHM

Figure 1: First step on my plant mounting journey is lifting out the capsule contents so they don’t get crushed in the press. Mounting plant specimens has been something I really wanted to have experience of as part of this … Continue reading

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Tuesday 25 September – Second Day in the Botany Department at the NHM

Tuesday began with Jonathan showing me the process that happens for new acquisitions or objects that have come back from loan.  The initial step, which is also the same for objects being moved from the Cryptogamic department to DC2 (Darwin … Continue reading

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Monday 24 September – First day in the Botany Department at the NHM

I’d been really looking forward to going back to the Natural History Museum (NHM) following my earlier visit in May.  I had a bril time in all departments, but had decided that I would particularly like to gain further experience of … Continue reading

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