So with the object selection for the main gallery cases complete, it’s now time to focus on the smaller well cases that surround the gallery. These cases are around 140cm long by 60 deep and are each split into two themes.
This week I’ve been lifting out objects that could be used to demonstrate the theme of ‘cotton’, which will run alongside a theme of ‘silk’ curated by curator of Arthropods Dmitri Logunov. As you might expect for a museum based in Manchester, there’s no shortage of cotton from across the world to chose from in the herbarium! I tried to select the best looking examples, and also some interesting objects including a postcard and display featuring the cotton plant itself.
It is important not to have too many objects in the cases as, due to the lighting, they can cast shadows on each other. I may have just the right number of objects here, but if there is room for one more I might include a framed piece of locally grown cotton fabric!