Caring for Botanical Collections Course at Liverpool World Museum

Figure 1: Once more in my elememt mounting plant specimens!

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 blog here.

I learned a lot of important skills to do with botanical curation; including using UV light to spot mercury contamination (see below).

My Thanks go to Donna, Vicky and Janet for a well-orgainsed and fun day.

Figure 2: Reduced mercury will fluoresce as a yellowy orange deposit; but can be confused with fungi!

Figure 3: My finished herbarium sheet! Glued using PVA adhesive, and supported using gummed linen straps.

 

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About Trainee Curator

I will be writing a blog about the next twelve months spent as a trainee biological curator based at Manchester Museum.
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