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Specimen of the Week 172

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:30:46 +0000

It’s that time of year when the Christmas tree has been taken down, gifts have been put away, and all holiday food finally consumed. Folk head back to work, kids return to school and everyone gets on with the business of the new year. However, for the young (and young-at-heart) January is prime time for […]

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Specimen of the Week: Week 171

Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:00:13 +0000

This week’s Specimen of the Week is one of those animals that is easier to talk about in terms of what it isn’t rather than what it is. In a previous blog post I’ve written about the fun with naming and language that happens when common names meet scientific classifications and how we end up with eels […]

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Specimen of the Week: Week 170

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:30:29 +0000

A well known technique in making things desirable is to make them appear unattainable. You want it because you’ve been told you can’t have it. This week I’m employing this strategy to make you fall in love with a specimen. Obviously you can’t have any of our specimens as we’re an accredited museum avowed to […]

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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