The Sorting Hat

Above shows a piece of The Daily Mail newspaper used as stuffing for one of the specimen boxes, dated June 24, 1908. At the time I'm sure this was just an un-important, unused piece of newspaper but the history it shows now is very interesting! I will be updating this blog on a weekly basis, …

A day in the life of a taxonomist

I know I can't really call myself a taxonomist yet, seeing as I've only been doing this volunteer job 2 weeks and to be honest know very little about taxonomy (this is something I hope to learn a lot about through this project), but I thought I'd give you a glimpse of the wonders a …

Getting Started

I have started a project in the Entomology Department of my local museum, sorting through their specimens of crustaceans with the aim of sorting and ordering them, cataloguing them into a database and reviewing and renewing all nomenclature of the specimens to a modern standard. The project is huge - over 500 specimens which, for …