First impressions…

So, I’ve now been the HLF Trainee curator for Natural Sciences at the Manchester Museum for 2 weeks, and I can safely say I’ve loved it so far.

Everyone I’ve met has been friendly and helpful, which is a great thing in such a massive place, and i’d like to take the opportunity to thank the HLF, Paulette, Henry and David for giving me this excellent opportunity.


Anyway, onto some museum type stuff. One of the tasks I’ve been doing over the past couple of days up in the herbarium (where I’m based for the first couple of months) has been some restoration work on some of the boxed specimens in the collection. Even though it’s quite a simple job, I’ve found it very relaxing and enjoyable just sitting cleaning and repairing boxes and it’s great to see how much of an improvement a bit of damp tissue can do to make things look so much better!

Below is a specimen of Cynoglossum officinale (Houndstongue). A good bit of folklore I found out about this particular plant is that the houndstongue name “comes from the belief that it could ward off dog attacks if a leaf was worn in the shoe” (good ol’ wikipedia). I cleaned this up, and as you can see, there is a massive difference between the two (sorry for the light reflection from the window, it’s annoying me too).

houndstongue-edit-before houndstongue edit-after

I am very excited for the next 12 months, and can’t wait to see what else the traineeship has in store for me aswell as looking forward to this weekend, as long as the weather stays nice…

3 thoughts on “First impressions…

    1. There was no collector or location information on the box unfortunately, and I’m still waiting to get a login for the museums electronic database. When I do, I’ll try to see if I can find any more info about this particular specimen.

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