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The temple boys of ancient Cyprus

29 October 2015 by Lynn

Head of a temple boyCurator of Classical Antiquities, Chrissy Partheni tells us of her work on this fascinating sculptural collection from ancient Cyprus.

“Over the last 12 months I have been working on digital records of our antiquities collection of ancient Cyprus limestone pieces.

My first encounter with this collection was seeing lots of boxes in our store, filled with sculptural pieces, mainly heads, all made in limestone, a chalky but light material.  The collection was donated to us in 1872 by Captain Fothergill. We have 125 limestone pieces in total with 11 “Temple boy” statuettes being particularly interesting.   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…

Kongo figure at the Met Museum, New York

19 October 2015 by Zachary

Mangaaka Nkisi nkondi “power figure”), Kongo, Mayombe, Dem. Rep. Congo. About 1900. Gift of O Sonnerburg through A. Ridyard. 29.5.00.21.

Mangaaka Nkisi nkondi “power figure”), Kongo, Mayombe, Dem. Rep. Congo. About 1900. Gift of O Sonnerburg through A. Ridyard. 29.5.00.21.

Last month Mangaaka (29.5.00.21), one of World Museum’s most impressive Kongo figures from Central Africa, joined 146 other Kongo-related exhibits in a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The ‘Kongo: Power and Majesty exhibition tells the story of Kongo history and creativity over 500 years. Mangaaka is displayed in the final hall of the exhibition, which includes a dramatic display of fourteen other magnificent Mangaaka figures borrowed from various institutions in Europe and the U.S.A.   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…

The cultural legacy and history of the Maya civilisation

17 September 2015 by Ann

Mayas: revelation of an endless time

In this guest blog, Dr Niamh Thornton, Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool gives us an insight into the cultural legacy and history of the Maya civilisation. She also shares with us some resources, for those who have been inspired by the ‘Mayas: revelation of an endless time’ exhibition to learn more. 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…

6 curious objects you never knew belonged to World Museum

8 September 2015 by Lisa

Echinodermata in jars

Spiky echinodermata from the World Museum’s zoology collections.

Devil’s guts and a unicorn horn? Find out about 6 curious objects you never knew were in the World Museum’s collections…

The collections at World Museum are vast. Really vast. There are 80,000 objects in the Antiquities collection alone. While searching through our online collections, I’ve discovered some very unusual objects: Read more…



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