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Specimen of the Week 275: Mystery wax models

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:30:25 +0000

In a radical departure from tradition, this week’s blog will focus on what we don’t know about a specimen, rather than what we do know. The reason being is that the specimen in question is rather mysterious.  All of the usual pieces of information which can help identify a specimen are lacking  – no number, no entry in the accession […]


Specimen of the week 274: the Greenland shark gut

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:30:36 +0000

Hello computer-folks. Will Richard here, blogging again. And this time I’ve chosen a pretty amazing fish… or at least a bit of it. **the Greenland shark gut** The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) is a big shark, comparable to the great white in size, native to the cold waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. […]


This Spring at UCL Museums

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:30:24 +0000

Hello dear reader! Do you want to go behind the scenes at the Print Room at the Slade School of Fine Art? How about sitting in darkness surrounded by dead animals experiencing an audio cinema? Or maybe you fancy celebrating the trowel-blazing (see what I did there) women of archaeology?  Thought so! As luck would have […]


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UCL Special Collections

UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK