First and last at the Natural History Museum

Last week I catalogued my last specimen in the Natural History Museum after five years working creating the first comprehensive online catalogue of the collections. In a strange coincidence there was a beautiful symmetry to the first and last specimens I catalogued – they were both birds. The first was a Strickland’s woodpecker back in September 2008: The last was a bird skeleton: The first bird is on display in the balcony exhibitions that are now closed to the public since the re-opening of the Natural History Museum in 2010. The bird skeleton was found in storage and obviously never came...

The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre – there I said it

This has been something that I have been meaning to write about for a long time, but between one thing and another it never happened. I have been spurred on to write this now as it has begun to dawn on me that people are beginning to use this as an example of the triumph of rationality in cultural institutions or is continuously trotted out as an example of how such institutions get science “wrong”. This is a preview of The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre – there I said it. Read the full post (1427 words, estimated 5:42 mins reading...