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 that it could be ‘touched up’ in conservation (due to it’s age and being on display for quite a while its fur had faded).
This was quite a tricky process; involving some difficult manouvering to get the thylacine out of the case, onto the trolley, and then into the back of the van for transport across town to the Discovery Centre.
The case vacated, it was now ready to be filled by a temporary display involving some of the skulls that I had been preparing earlier in the week. The theme was extinction and so thylacine skulls were included alongside animals that could share the same fate a few years down the line. Kirsty had produced some great labels detailing information about the conservation status of the animal and its main threats. It looked really impressive (even if I do say so myself!) and I’m sure will be of great interest to the visitors.
I finished the day by continuing Friday’s activity of ‘topping-up’ some of the spirit collection with additional alcohol. The insects (including aquatic insects!) are housed in tiny tubes in an overall larger jar of spirit, both of which needed topping up. I think this is a good way of keeping animals in spirit as it offers a ‘double level’ of protection.
I’ve really enjoyed my time at Leeds, and would like to thank Kirsty, Rebecca and Emma for their time and making my week really worthwhile.