Category Archives: Trainee’s diary

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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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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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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Longhorn beetle project

For the past week and a bit I’ve been working in Entomology with my own project on Longhorn beetles (Family: Cerambycidae).  This is a great project for me to work on as it allows me to go through every stage … Continue reading

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British Arachnological Society Spider id workshop

On Saturday I attended the British Arachnological Society (BAS) Spider id workshop at our very own Manchester Museum.  The event was hosted by BAS Membership Treasurer, Philip Baldwin and curator of Arthropods here at Manchester, Dmitri Logunov. The first part … Continue reading

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Conservation work on…

Yesterday and today I’ve been working on ‘brushing up’ one of the objects that is going to be displayed on the new ‘Nature’s Library’ gallery.  Can you guess what it is? Any guesses?  What if I told you that in … Continue reading

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