Living Worlds gallery: collecting minerals

One of my favorite cases on the new Living Worlds gallery here at the Manchester Museum is about collecting.

One of the main things we wanted to do on the gallery was put people at the heart of nature. Lots of people’s most memorable experience of nature (including myself) is going out into our countryside and parks to unwind and have a nice day out. Often this involves collecting photographs and objects.

Opal

Opal

This was a fantastic opportunity to get out some of our more spectacular minerals from the museum’s collection. I know I  am biased, but the range of specimens from opal to graphite looks amazing!

To find out more about responsible collection and geo-conservation please visit the Natural England website.

We are having a Big Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Living Worlds gallery this Saturday (the 7th of May). It would be great to see you there to handle some object and find out more about the displays.

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