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SYNTHESYS ethnobiology workshop

Last week I enjoyed a great training session in curating ethnobiological collections at Kew Gardens.  Ethnobiology encompasses many organic materials used by people both in the past and now.  Gina’s blog gives a good outline of what an ethnobiology collection … Continue reading

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New blog- put thy feet up

To celebrate having a little bit more time on my hands (and a new television) I’ve decided to start a blog recommending certain TV programmes I’ve been watching. This will entail me writing humorous reviews of interesting, stimulating, educational programmes … Continue reading

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Nature’s Library progress

Last Thursday I returned to Manchester to help with the new Nature’s Library gallery.  How exciting!  A lot of progress has been made; the mounts are now finished and the cases are almost ready for the objects to be put … Continue reading

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Last day of traineeship…

Sadly, this is the last day of my traineeship.  Hopefully I will be coming back to help with the installation of Nature’s Library but this is my ‘official’ last day.  Yesterday’s ‘bake off’ of wonderful museum-themed cakes and treats in aid of … Continue reading

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Living Worlds/ Nature’s Library volunteer handling collection

Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a small project in relation to the opening of the new Nature’s Library gallery.  The project has been to refresh the objects offered as part of the Living Worlds (and now … Continue reading

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Longhorn beetle project finale

So I’ve finally completed my longhorn beetle project.  All the data, including recently added locality (where the insects were collected) data has been added onto KE-EMu and the specimens have been incorporated into the collection. The New Zealand species incorporated are … Continue reading

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Longhorn beetle project

Just thought I’d update my progress on the longhorn beetle project as…I’ve nearly finished! All but four have now been incorporated into the collection and their location (cabinet and drawer number) inputted onto KE-EMu.  It took a little while to get … Continue reading

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NatSCA conference 2013

I spent Thursday and Friday last week at the NatSCA conference 2013.  NatSCA, who part-fund my traineeship, are a great organisation facilitating the transfer of skills and expertise throughout the natural sciences curatorial community.  This year’s conference was in York … Continue reading

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Originally posted on Herbology Manchester:
Yesterday, Andrew Lawton (the Museum’s curatorial trainee) and I braved the cold outside the Museum entranace to make bird boxes with Evan Powell from the RSPB. For National Nest Box Week, we made homes for…

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Longhorn beetle project- labelling and incorporating

Now that the longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae family) have been pinned, and their antennae and limbs firmly fixed in place (hopefully!), it’s now time to label the specimens. I saved the packets and labels that came with the beetles and pinned … Continue reading

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