Working on Nature’s Library

Figure 1: Can you guess what these ‘under wraps’ animals are that are going to be found in the mammal’s case in the new Nature’s Library gallery? (answers at the bottom of the blog post!)

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).

Figure 2: Measuring the mystery animal!

It is very important that everything fits together properly in the new cases.  This is why once it is decided what would potentially be good to include (in this example for the mammals case), we must measure the dimensions of the animals to see how they could best fit together.  This can be more tricky than it sounds; particulaly when deciding which way up an animal will be displayed.  It’s important not to confuse what the height, length and width are.

Figure 3: Which way would you display this flying lemur; hanging down or ventral facing?

Figure 4: Some more of the mammals that are potentially going to feature in the new gallery.

As you can see, there is a wide variety of shapes and sizes to potentially be included in this case.  And animals have been specifically chosen so that most mammal orders have been represented; including cetaceans with models of a common or harbour porpoise and Ganges river dolphin.

It’s now just a matter of Henry and David selecting the examples they want to include in the case.  Whatever is chosen, I’m sure the mammals case will certainly be visually interesting; and I look forward to continuing to help out on Nature’s Library and further work with the mammals.

(BTW: The answers to the photograph are: front left, Eastern grey kangaroo; middle, giant anteater; middle right, giant ground pangolin; and top right, aardvark!)


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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