Most curators have somewhere where they keep boxes of objects that they haven’t quite got round to dealing with yet. For me it’s about 50 boxes of minerals that have labels on them such as “Duplicate” and “from Education”. Often these are not the best specimens and don’t deserve much time spending on them.
Since Nature’s Library has opened, I’ve tried to set aside half and hour here and there to look through these boxes and there are quite literally some real gems.
Here’s the contents of one of my favorite boxes which I’ll be sorting through in the next few weeks.