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Behind the Mask – Research into the Noel Collection

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:30:37 +0000

This is a guest blog written by Bryony Swain, a UCL Student Volunteer who spent most of the last academic year (2014/15) cataloguing the Noel Collection of Life and Death Masks. Hello, I’ve been volunteering with the UCL Museums and Collections department and loving it! I have been cataloguing the excellent Robert Noel phrenological collection, which contains a large selection of […]


Specimen of the Week 203: Mastodon jaw fragment

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:26:08 +0000

Hello Specimen of the Week readers, Dean Veall here. Unfortunatley we had to be closed over the last week (and also this coming week) for some essential heating works. As part of the process we needed to empty some of our cupboards, (I say we, mostly Tannis Davidson, Curatorial Assistant), in the emptying I came across […]


Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: August 2015

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:37:22 +0000

And now. The end is near. It’s time to face. The final curtain. Lallaalala. De da da da de dada da. De dada dadada of which I’m certain. Hmmm hmm hmmm hmm hmm. Dah dah de dah dah da da. Da de de de and then a highway. BUT MORE, MUCH MORE THAN FISH, WE […]


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