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Large Mason Bee stamp

4 November 2015 by Paula

Female Large Mason Bee

Female Large Mason Bee

Carl Clee, an Honorary Curator at World Museum, has been coming into the museum most Tuesday’s and Thursdays for the last 25 years, or so. Carl  re-discovered the Large Mason Bee in the UK in 1998. It was previously thought to be extinct and we have been studying its ecology and promoting its conservation management for the last 15 years. Here Carl tells us about this fascinating bee: Read more…

The Truly scary thing about bats!

30 October 2015 by Paula

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Stevie the brown long eared bat

Bats have a bad reputation and have long been associated with Vampires and Halloween but the really scary thing about bats, in our opinion, is that all bats in Britain are endangered species. This means that they are protected by law, and it’s illegal to disturb a bat or its roost, except if you find an injured bat and need to bring it in for veterinary care.

Laura Carter, an Education Demonstrator at World Museum is a volunteer bat carer with the Bat Conservation Trust and here she tells us about some of her charges: Read more…

The Lamentations of Isis and Nephtys

26 October 2015 by Paula

Egyptian papyrus from our collection

Egyptian papyrus from our collection

Marion Servat-Fredericq,  Project Assistant Curator Antiquities tells us about a recent visit to World Museum:

‘Dr Andrea Kucharek, an Egyptologist at Heidelberg University in Germany, visited World Museum recently to take a closer look at an Egyptian papyrus from our collection (Papyrus Mayer M11190). Dr Kucharek is currently working on the publication of this papyrus which bears a religious text from the Ptolemaic Period (332 –30 BC) known as “The Lamentations of Isis and Nephtys”. Read more…

Destination Space starts with star gazing

22 October 2015 by Paula

Stargazing at World Museum

Stargazing at World Museum

Jon Marrow, our Senior Education Manager tells us all about the start of Destination Space:

“I can’t wait for our next star gazing evening at World Museum at 6pm this Friday 23 October. It’ll be special because it is the first event of our wonderful new Destination Space programme which celebrates the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, going into space. Read more…

Mastering Heritage Studies with Liverpool Hope University

9 October 2015 by Paula

Seeing first hand how to identify pests that can damage objects

Seeing first hand how to identify pests that can damage objects

For the third year running, National Museums Liverpool is joining forces with Liverpool Hope University to deliver their Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies and Art History and Curating. Through a unique series of practical workshops and hands-on sessions students get an insight into the day to day work of museum staff Read more…

Alive and breeding!

29 September 2015 by Paula

Adult Rainbow Beetle

An adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle

Phase one of the Snowdon Leaf Beetle survey is now complete and, after many hours searching, the team were finally rewarded with an adult Snowdon Leaf Beetle – confirming it is still alive and breeding in the UK!

The Snowdon Leaf Beetle Chrysolina cerealis is probably the rarest of the 291 British species in this group of beetles, which feed on the leaves and seeds of plants. It is also one of only two beetles protected by law in the UK and a permit is needed to even search for it. Read more…

Conquering the coins of William!

24 September 2015 by Paula

PhD student Anja Rohde measuring coins

PhD student Anja Rohde measuring coins

On the 27th of August Anja Rohde, a PhD student from the University of Nottingham researching the coins of the Norman Conquest (11th century AD), visited our stores to examine the coins of William the Conqueror and his son William Rufus. Anja is an experienced museum professional having previously worked in Derby museums as a collections officer and shared the Finds Liaison Officer for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. She is currently visiting various museums across Britain to examine the coins which they hold in their collections, this research is funded by AHRC Midlands-3-Cities partnership. Find out why Anja is interested in the coins of that era: Read more…

Beauty and the beast – phase two of the Snowdon Leaf Beetle survey.

15 September 2015 by Paula

The study site from above

The study site from above

The entomology survey team returned to Snowdon on Friday 4th September for phase two of the Rainbow Leaf Beetle (Chrysolina cerealis) fieldwork. Tony Hunter, assistant Curator of entomology updates us on the latest search:

“Thankfully the weather was much improved this time, with only thin misty cloud to complain about and we quickly managed to find three larvae feeding on the food plant, Thymus polytrichus (wild Thyme). Read more…

Mermaids, Monsters and Mantids, Oh My! Part Three Mantids

10 September 2015 by Paula

mantis nymph

A week old Mantis Nymph

Laura Carter brings us her last update on the baby boom at World Museum, here she tells us about the mantids in the Bug house:

Mantids

In the Bug house, our female Praying Mantis egg cases, called Oothecas, have hatched and we have several hundred ant-sized “nymphs”. Read more…

Mermaids, Monsters and Mantids, Oh My! Part Two Monsters

4 September 2015 by Paula

axolotl

“Smiley” faced Axolotl

Laura Carter tells us more about the baby boom at World Museum, this time it’s the “Monsters”:

Monsters
Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) are a Mexican amphibian, closely related to newts and salamanders with feathery external gills and smiley looking faces. Read more…



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