Since the last blog there have been two fossil handling sessions at New Walk Museum in August. They were drop-in sessions from 11am until 2pm. Museum Assistant Carrie Ball led the first session which was busy from the start; visitors clearly miss the dinosaurs at New Walk! There were lots of different people that sat to handle the fossils and to ask Carrie questions about them.
I took some photographs at the first session. Sometimes I asked the visitors to pick their favourite fossil for the photo. The number one choice was a shark tooth which is around two million years old. It wasn’t the oldest fossil in the session but it caught everyone’s attention!
There are plans to hold more sessions like this until the gallery reopens so be sure to keep at look out.
It isn’t long before Glass Page will begin filming the video podcasts about eight objects in the collection. In the meantime I had a meeting with the senior Natural Science curator at New Walk Museum, Mark Evans. We were looking for any archive material about the objects, which includes the Barrow Kipper, Glass Page could use in the videos.
We found lots of reference photographs of the objects but also archive photographs. For example, did you know that the Rutland Dinosaur was on Blue Peter? Curator at the time John Martin was interviewed by Janet Ellis about the opening of the gallery in 1985. We found photographs of when Janet opened the gallery and Museum Square is full of people and wide-eyed children (one of which with an ‘I love Blue Peter’ banner!) eager to see the new exhibits. Sadly we have yet to locate the Rutland Dinosaur’s Blue Peter badge.
Leicester Arts & Museums Service manages six museums sites including New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area and the original museum in the city opening to the public in 1849. The museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. New Walk Museum hosts wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts, Fine Art collections and the Dinosaur & Geology galleries due to re-open in 2011.