Posts tagged with 'natural history'
University of Manchester student Lolo is working on our new online exhibition that will be launched 3 May. Here’s his latest blog on some of the objects and specimens that feature in it.
“Many of you may already know that the King of Prussia Jug was one of the Blitz survivors. But not all the stories relating to the museum’s objects and specimens had a happy ending. There were also hundreds if not thousands of casualties. I was very upset when we heard about the sad story of Don Pedro, a male Indian elephant once in the zoology collection. They say cats have nine lives, but poor Don Pedro had just two. Read more…
We are now entering the final phase of the project, and while work continues on various elements – from the last strontium analyses to the documentation of the replica commission – we’re taking this opportunity to launch the project web pages: Black pitch, carved histories: Prehistoric wood sculpture from Trinidad’s Pitch Lake.
The web pages document the aims, techniques and methodologies of the project, the artefacts studied and the wider context, Read more…
Over the next few weeks Lolo, a student working at World Museum, will blog about the events of the 3rd May 1941 – the night World Museum nearly died. Here at the museum we are preparing to launch an on-line exhibition on the 3rd May. We will recount what happened that night 75 years ago and Lolo will also be writing blogs that reveal in more depth what happened to some of the museum’s objects. Read more…
27 August 2015 by Paula
Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas, collection concludes her research journey through Trinidad & Tobago:
“Day 9-10: Tobago
Tobago: the final stop in the herbarium/strontium collecting tour. Forestry officer Mr. Darren Henry picked me up early on the first day for a quick visit to the Forestry offices to discuss itinerary and best places to find the specific species we’re after, before venturing out to the ‘wilds’ of the island. Read more…
20 August 2015 by Paula
Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas Collection, is on the last leg of her research trip to Trinidad before heading over to Tobago:
“Day 7-8: The central South West: ‘five-fingers’, ‘fat pork’ and tamarind sours
Our last area was the central South West, one of the island’s more geologically complex regions, with both Tertiary and Cretaceous sedimentary bedrock. This was among the oldest geology on the island, and generally, the older the geology, the higher the expected strontium isotope values. We covered a large region over the course of two days, from Waterloo in the north to Moruga on the south coast, finishing off on the important archaeological site of Banwari Trace, home of ‘Banwari Woman’, thought to date to ca. 5000 BC, which would make her the oldest human skeleton known from the entire Caribbean. Read more…
11 August 2015 by Paula
We continue with Joanna on her journey through Trinidad as she reaches Pitch Lake:
“Days 5 & 6: The source: Pitch Lake and environs
Pitch Lake: the reason I’m in Trinidad. Our mission over the next two days is to collect samples both within and around the lake to give us a good strontium signal for this unique region. Of course the other Trinidad/Tobago regions are important too – but this is the core of our study. Read more…
7 August 2015 by Paula
Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas collection, continues her rather bumpy journey through Trinidad, we catch up with her for:
“Day 4: The oilfields of the South East and ‘pitch lake’ roads
We were joined by forest officers Mr. Imran Mohammed and Mr. Leo Persad for our tour of the South East forest reserves. This region holds some of the largest forested areas in Trinidad, including the Trinity Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. It also has oil reserves running throughout it, and there are many small oil pumps working away. Read more…
4 August 2015 by Paula
It’s day 3 for Joanna Ostapkowicz on her research trip to Trinidad:
“Day 3: Mountains, Maracas beach and more mangos: the Central North West
The North West is Trinidad’s mountainous region, with steep roads heading out to the coasts. The roads cut through mountain rock, sometimes with only bamboo groves keeping the road from slipping down slope. It is here that we found some of the largest examples of our key species – such as this magnificent Andira sp. (Angelin), perched along the Marienne River. Read more…
Joanna Ostapkowicz, Curator of the Americas, collection continues her journey through Trinidad, here is her latest update:
“Day 2: Curious dogs, venomous vipers and a truck full of samples – a hike in North East Trinidad
This is rainy season in Trinidad: not only did we benefit from another day of overcast skies, but the heavens did open for a short time – and there is nothing like a tropical shower to cool you down after a bit of humid forest trekking. Read more…
20 July 2015 by Paula
This is the second blog in the series from Joanna Ostapkowicz, curator of the Americas collection at World Museum.
“Day 1: Cocoa, mango and the generous Trini spirit: Herbarium collecting in Eastern Trinidad
Overcast days are a blessing when fieldworking in Trinidad – and indeed any part of the Caribbean: the heat and humidity can knock even the locals back. Read more…