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Molluscs from George Montagu – Type Specimens at RAMM

New research by Dr Graham Oliver, staff at RAMM and at the Natural History Museum, London has identified type and potential type material in shell collections once belonging to Colonel......USA. RAMM’s collections contain other type material too. New Research Two new reviews of Montagu’s mollusc types and other notable specimens are available online. These papers are open access and......History Museum to catalogue mollusc type specimens in UK collections. The project is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation. The Mollusca Types in Great Britain database can be viewed online....

Over-modelled skull update

...number is 129/1935, denoting that it was the 129th object to be acquired by RAMM in 1935. This number is a way of being able to identify the object but......as a keepsake from the region and an object of interest. This gives us a new point of consideration – the extent to which his acquisition of the skull was......the very display of human remains in museums, let alone the circumstances of their obtainment, is a topic of constant debate. Each individual object is ‘ethical’ to a degree defined...

MA research on a little-known RAMM object

...an MA researcher led to RAMM gaining new information about an object. The object RAMM received an enquiry about the dimensions of a small red figure ware wine jug called...RAMM’s research collection allows the museum’s curators to highlight research opportunities from the collections. Putting collections information online also means researchers can discover objects of interest. Recently, an enquiry from......significance. New information Emma identified only 57 of this type of oinochoe in museum collections in the UK. RAMM’s example is also unpublished. It could only be included in her...

The Montagu collection of shells receives Designation award

...theme on RAMM’s Collections Explorer. Montagu’s type specimens are also listed on the Mollusca Types in Great Britain project website. Two open access (free) research papers describing the collection are......the box said ‘type’ there was often little evidence to support this and I didn’t have the taxonomic expertise to verify or deny the claim. When the John Ellerman Foundation......funded the Mol lusca Types in Great Britain project spearheaded by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales and the Natural History Museum, London , all of this changed. Cardiff conchologist...

Guest Post – Grand Challenges 2015 at RAMM

...were shown and allowed to handle (with gloves) an abundance of artefacts in order to choose the item for our challenge. Our tiny group was split further, one object picked......to getting used to the equipment and the software used to process the images. We used two types of handheld laser scanner to scan the items. It was far different......the scanner would hit the object’s surface and reflect back, which then transmits to the computer, so the scanner doesn’t work well with a shiny transparent surface. The mask needs...

World Cultures Re-display update

...visitor. It’s a problematic layout in that the object shapes are not defined by their unique accession number but the technicians also need to know how these objects are to......of information in the re-display that conveys the most important message about the objects displayed within that particular theme. Key object labels Visitors will encounter interesting chunks of text that......to Pacific communities and fresh object interpretation. It’s hard work where the public displays are concerned as visitors do not get to see the huge amount of work that goes...

Miss Linter’s Legacy

...from ‘Sarawak’. Plectopylis linterae Möllendorff, 1897 – from ‘Pegu’ – Lectotype in Senckenberg Museum, SMF-9280. EXEMS 1720/1909/D7/48a-e Papuina linterae Möllendorff, 1897 – from ‘Neuguinea’ – Lectotype (Holotype?) in Senckenberg Museum......her by creating a number of eponyms in her honour or citing the presence of types in her collection. These specimens have been investigated through the GB Mollusca Types project......his species is present. Achatina linterae Sowerby, 1890 – holotype, EXEMS: 1720/1909/XXX/167/1 Writing on shell states Cape of Good Hope, type description states Port Elizabeth. Shell matches all other elements...

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......into a brand new display of these objects in the World Cultures gallery with up to date information. There will also be some research into our lesser known donors. This......the project will result in the transformation of the Pacific displays. One important thing to say is that the interpretation of this material will not just feature traditional object captions...

Project partners: the benefits

...were measuring this object for the collection database and seeing if it was possible to get a decent photograph of the object in the collection store. In that same week......several publications that enabled me to start planning the object captions I’m going to be writing soon for the Pacific displays. However, most of my time was spent thinking about...