Wonders of nature discovered in Welsh Museums
A delicate watercolour by Ladybird book illustrator Charles Tunnicliffe, a seaweed ‘book’ created inside a scallop shell and a fossil seashell found at the summit of Snowdon. Stuffed, Pickled and Pinned is the culmination of three years’ work behind the scenes at 18 local museums across Wales to find rare, beautiful and often unexpected natural history objects, some of which have never been seen before.
The specimens, found in Wales’ local museums, will be on display at 13 locations across the country from this autumn, as part of the Linking Natural Science Collections in Wales project.
Minerals, taxidermy, fossils and insects – to name a few – have been examined and identified by experts from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales working with local curators. They can now be enjoyed by the public and used with schools.
Sarah Daly who manages the project said:
“Our museums house some amazing natural treasures that help us to understand the world around us and our place in it. These specimens still help us to answer vital questions in modern research. By putting the objects on display at locations across Wales, we hope not only show why these objects are in our museums, but also challenge us all to think about our relationship with nature.
“With a mounted fox’s head, a platypus from Australia, a rare aurochs bone from the Severn estuary and a collection of British birds’ eggs, there are some fascinating stories to tell.”
18 Welsh local museums have been involved in the project, which is led by the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. It received £100,000 in funding from the Museums Association’s Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. Partners also include People’s Collection Wales, who will make the exhibition available online, the Welsh Government’s Museums, Archives and Libraries Division and Cardiff University.