Our egg-cellent ornithology section is undertaking a huge curation project with the Captain S.A White egg collection, which includes 3,400 egg clutches collected mainly in the late 1800s/early 1900s. These are historically significant as many were collected in areas of SA prior to development, such as the wetlands near where he lived which was drained to build the airport. Many species that were collected by White are now locally extinct such as the Azure Kingfisher and the Ground Parrot, so having physical specimens is important in documenting the temporal change in species distribution. Without such collections there might be no evidence at all that some species existed in these areas. White’s wife donated the extensive egg and skin collection to the Museum in 1988, while some initial digitisation work was done in the late 1990s it remained unregistered. Given the age of the collection, one of the problems was the state of the handwritten paper data slips that accompanied the egg clutches. Each contains the necessary information (when, where and by whom it was found). Unfortunately some of these were very badly damaged by insects prior to donation, and many also have mechanical stress caused by their folding. In order to preserve them properly, professional restoration was necessary. This is where ArtLab was called in. The text on the original labels was mostly written with iron gall ink, a very unstable media that degrades heavily when in contact with humidity, provoking in many cases the preformation of paper. The original labels have been inserted into numbered envelopes by volunteers at the Museum and are transferred in the paper lab were ArtLab conducts the stabilisation treatment. The distortion of the iron gall ink labels is reduced with controlled heat, while the stabilisation of the label is achieved by gluing onto transparent Japanese paper with Klucel-G, a non-aqueous cellulose ester. For labels written with inks that are not reactive in water, humidification with Goretex is used instead. At the end of the process the treated labels are stored in archival Mylar folders and sent back to the Museum. See the process by swiping right 🐣👉🏻
I took the WOW! Tour at the Museum of Science and Industry, which provided behind-the-scenes access to numerous areas. One of my favorites was getting to go behind the screen of the Giant Dome Theater while a movie was being shown! We could see the audience members in their seats but they couldn’t see us 👀
“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, handmade gifts from the Museum gift shop 🎶” From jewelry, to artwork, to signed copies of Gaye LeBaron’s new book, be sure to stop by our gift shop for everyone on your list 📜
***SERIOUS ODDITY ALERT!*** This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own an EXTINCT Niata skull!
Once found in Argentina and Uruguay, Niata were a very unusual, dwarf, cattle breed. Darwin observed and wrote about them during his travels in the 1830s, but they were extinct by the early 20th Century.
This rare skull measures only 35x22x27cm! Worldwide shipping is available.
We are asking $8450CAD (~6340USD) and it is available exclusively on our website! Buy it now on www.SkullStore.ca!
Right, hands up.... who knitted these wonderful hats from the Jackie annual 1979. Some of you may need to consult with your relatives to see if life was like this😂😂😂. One from the Museum of Childhood archive.