Using the collection – Loans

A lot of the work we do in the museum is not seen by people who visit the galleries. Work such as helping with research, teaching and working with groups often goes unnoticed, so I thought I’d tell you about some loans I’ve sent out this week.

The first loan was some fossil pine cones and sea urchins to the staff at START. START do some fantastic work with groups of people on mental health and well-being.

Fossil pine cones borrowed for STAT workshop

We have previously worked on the Health Rocks trail around the museum and we have started a projects using the geology collection as inspiration for creative writing and drawing workshops.  This work has proved to make a real difference to people’s lives and is a great use of the collection.

The second loan is to a researcher in Lyon, France. Dr. Olivier Béthoux  contacted me this week to see if he could borrow some of our fossil insects to include in his research. The insects were originally from Trawden, Colne Lancashire and Rochdale and are about 300 milllion years old. They are internationally important.

It is great to get the collection used in this way as it adds a lot of value to the objects. The more we can find out about our objects, the better our displays and interpretation.

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