On the 29th of July I started a project that, if you have read earlier posts or if you follow me on twitter you will know, I have been talking about constantly since I began, and this will not be the first time you have heard about the Vernon Park Natural History Collection.
The following posts are where I have already discussed the details of this project, as I wont go into much detail in this post:
- One of the first objects I came across – Click HERE
- Some photographs of the collection and why Natural History is important – Click HERE
- The process and steps involved in the project – Click HERE
- Detailed look at single objects from the collection – Click HERE, HERE and HERE
- Review of the process and obstacles that occurred and how they were dealt with – Click HERE
Today, on the 3rd of November, just over three months later, I have finally finished working with this part of the collection. As I have said before, I feel a great sense of completion and satisfaction having, in the correct manner, made sure that it is documented, stored and conserved well. The collection is now safely stored and able to be located via Modes in a simple and swift way. I am a huge fan of order, perhaps this is why I have chosen a career in curatorial collections management, and having produced the best possible documents for this collection with detailed records and clear photographs, it is possible now to get the best out of these collection objects when they are required for any reason from research to exhibition.
Overall, it was a great pleasure to open a box without indication of what was inside and have the privilege to work with some wonderful specimens from the fields of Geology, Zoology, Entomology, Ornithology, Botany, Paleontology and more.
Here are some photographs of my favorite objects I came across:
(Click for larger view and see below for identification of the objects.)
The photographs show:
1. Stalactite. Read more HERE.
2. Mole, Mouse, Vole, Squirrel, Stoat and weasel skins.
3. Belemnite, Echinoid, Brittle Star, Shell and Bivalve fossils.
4. Ammonites, Bivalve, Shark tooth, Echinoid and Gryphaea fossils.
5. Badger and Fox skulls. Read more HERE.
6. Trout and Flounder models, and Carp skeleton.
7. Ichthyosaur Jaw and Paddle, and Mammoth tooth. Read more HERE.
8. House Martin, Starling, Redwing, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Bullfinch and Pochard Chick skins.
9. Bark from a Calamites like plant, a Sigillaria like plant, a Lepidodendron tree and leaves of the pteridospermatophyta plant, fossils.
10. House Sparrow, Swift, Teal and Snipe feet.
11. Magpie, Teal, Swift and House Sparrow Wing.
12. Manganese Dendrite in Sandstone.
13. Mammoth tooth. Read more HERE.
14. Fescue Grass, Cocksfoot Grass, and Ryegrass.
15. Coral, Red Organ Coral and Yellow Ridge Coral.
17. Basalt, Vesicular Basalt, and Amygdaloidal Basalt.
18. Amethyst and Citrine.
19. Dunnock Eggs.
20. Bird Eggs.
21. Various Moss and Lichen samples.
22. Red Crab.