11 questions to a museum blogger for #museumweek

Originally posted on The Diary of a Natural History Trainee Curator:


Here’s my response to a chain blog set off on #museumblogs day last week, into which coils I have been inveigled by Paolo Viscardi.

Here are my answers to Paolo Viscardi’s 11 questions to me  in this #MuseumWeek.

1. Who are you and what do you blog about?

I’m Claire, HLF trainee curator in Natural Sciences at Manchester Museum.  I was frogmarched into blogging (and Twitter) by my supervisor, David Gelsthorpe, at the start of the traineeship but I’ve really enjoyed writing about what I’ve been up to. Although intended as a diary, I can’t blog as often as I should, or would like to, so I use it more to round off something I’ve been doing.  The traineeship has covered an overwhelming amount of stuff in the last year and I’ve not written about lots of it (stacks of drafts piling up!) but hope its of interest, particularly to anyone thinking of doing a…

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Brainstorming Siberia

Originally posted on The ultimate journey around Siberia!:

Yesterday I was standing on the balcony of my friends apartment and watching the outskirts of Novosibirsk from the 7th floor. It could have been any city in the world – Seoul or Moscow or any other big city.

A child was climbing a huge pile of snow, two construction workers were sitting on a pipe and having a smoke break and a guy with a snowboard was crossing the street as I was thinking of what is Novosibirsk like.


Novosibirsk doesnt try to impress you and you might even not like it at the first bite because it leaves a bit of the soviet era aftertaste. Being the 3rd biggest city in Russia by population it spreads along Ob river covering the territory equal to Seoul, South Korea, or 5 Barcelonas.

It has no great natural resources, or middle aged historical heritage or outstanding nature beauties. How come Novosibirsk…

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Favourite Object from the Collection

Originally posted on Ancient Worlds:

Collections Team with their favourite objects

Collections Team with their favourite objects

Here we all are in this morning’s team meeting with our favourite objects. Kate had a shark’s jaw bone with some nasty looking teeth, Steve had a copy of the Salford register because it had details of the most important ethnographic objects in the Museum collection, Phil had some parasitic  flies, Campbell part of an ivory chariot fitting, Rachel had some saffron, Lindsey had some rubber stamps, Henry a mounted Ross’ gull and I took along a post-medieval watering can made of fired clay (accession no. 20838). The latter is one of my favourite objects in the collection. I kind of fell in love with it as soon as I saw it in the Museum store.

Ceramic watering can

Ceramic watering can

It’s about 36cm tall and as you can see it’s made of orange-red clay with a brownish glaze. You can see where the separately made rose…

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Stan the T. rex – A Day in the Life

Originally posted on Stories from the Museum Floor:


He’s a big bipedal beast and he lives in Manchester! It is, of course, Stan the T. rex - one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

At an impressive 13 feet tall (at the hips) and some 40 feet in length, Stan dominates the Fossils Gallery invoking gasps of delight and the odd scream of terror from unsuspecting visitors.

He gets his name from Stan Sacrison, who found his original fossil bones in South Dakota, USA. This amateur palaeontologist and part-time plumber began digging up dino fossils at the age of eight, and became the first person to discover their second T. rex skeleton when he foundDuffy some five years after Stan.

Manchester’s Stan arrived in 2004 and he’s been a major focus of attention ever since with visitors coming from near and far to see him, photograph him, give tours about him and even tie the knot in front of him

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Creswell Crags

Originally posted on Collections in the Landscape:

Jess and I visited Creswell Crags this month to brush up on our museum documentation skills. The refresher course was courtesy of The East Midlands Museum Service so thanks to them for investing in the development of the CITL team.
Church Hole Cave, Creswell Crags, J.W. Jackson collection

Church Hole Cave, Creswell Crags, J.W. Jackson collection

Creswell Crags is one of the most important archaeological sites in Britain and has long been on my list of things to see. Unfortunately, it was the 12th of February, a day when the country faced a variety of adverse weather conditions. Jess and I planned a look around the limestone gorge and caves that were occupied by humans as far back as the last ice age. However, the weather resembled that of the last ice age a little too much and we bottled out. I did get chance to look around their impressive new museum and I hope to return. You…

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Everyone wants to be Sergey Anisimov

Originally posted on The ultimate journey around Siberia!:

Meet Sergey Anisimov – The photographer from Salekhard!


If the world knows anything about Yamal from the people who live here it’s all thanks to Sergey and his amazing photography, depicting beautiful nature and unique people of this land.


Today I met Sergey. Be the whole 3 month Siberian journey just about meeting him I would have still done it. He’s one of my favorite photographers and does exactly what I would love to be doing – sharing the beauty of Siberia with the world on a very professional level.

Sergey took the camera in his hands 10 years ago and that’s when his journey around Yamal started. In 10 years he not only got to travel Yamal back and force but also to become one of the best Photographers in Russia.

I admire him and envy him at the same time because understand that I dont have the same…

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Where the world ends

David Gelsthorpe:

Quite chilly in Siberia at the moment!

Originally posted on The ultimate journey around Siberia!:

‘I drink because I’m afraid of cold’ – tells me Nikolay, one of the telecom workers who was sent here from Yekaterinburg. ‘I’ve never been to such a cold place before. That’s why I work every day and drink every night.’


I’ve never been to such a cold place as well. I was in Murmansk, which is 3 parallels more northern but I was there in October so didn’t really understand what does it mean to live in Murmansk. As for Salekhard, I went for a stroll today, walked about an hour and felt that I’m getting cold, so I went home to find out that it’s -39C. 



On the way home a man holding a vodka bottle approached me and asked if I want to be photographed on the top of the tall snowdrift. Men here know how to get a lady’s attention.


Salekhard, a lonely island in…

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