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Collections review: hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are small, brilliantly coloured and capable of the most extraordinary hovering flight. Fuelled by sugar-rich nectar their high heart rate would kill almost any other animal. It seems that there is nothing else like them.   In fact, they are closely related to swifts and nightjars. Both are summer visitors here in Devon, but […]

Australian birds from the Leichhardt Expedition

Dr Clemency Fisher, Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at National Museums Liverpool, visited RAMM’s stored collections in 2016. A small collections of 20 Australian birds were of particular interest to her. In January 1944 Miss E.M. Fox of Beckenham, Kent donated these birds to RAMM. We don’t know why she had these specimens. They were collected […]

Historic collections help understand hawkmoth vision

In 2018 Emmanuelle Briolat visited RAMM’s stored collections. Emmanuelle is a researcher at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Ecology & Conservation. In this blog she talks about her interest in hawkmoth vision and how RAMM’s moth collections helped with her research. In a paper published last week Emmanuel and her colleagues explore how artificial […]

Collected by Alfred Russel Wallace

There are a few names in natural science collections that will cause immediate excitement – Darwin, Wallace, Scott and Bates are high on the list. The story begins It is not uncommon for me to receive phone calls where the conversation proceeds like this, ‘Hello, I’m calling because I found some pieces of taxidermy belonging […]

Benjamin Fawcett woodblock colour printer (1808-1893)

Whilst researching a ‘Red Breast’ for the current seasons exhibition an exciting discovery has been made. This work and another 5 works were attributed to B. Fawcett. The database held little further information. However, online article published by Archives and Special Collections department, part of Hull University’s library showed a black and white image of […]

Little Swan Island hutia

In 2013 Simon Tonge visited RAMM’s stored collections to follow up his personal and professional interest in birds from around the world. He is the the Executive Director of Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust which is responsible for Paignton Zoo. Knowing RAMM had several ex-zoo animals in the collections I gave Simon a list in case […]

New project called Discovering Worlds

It is a wonderful opportunity for the museum to show off its fine collection of objects from the Pacific Islands.  This museum-based activity is a partnership that involves the British Museum, Sainsbury Research Unit (University of East Anglia), Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology and University College London among others. This project is split into three […]