Howie Minerals…

Adam, the (Trainee) Natural Science Curator

Yesterday with David, the Museums Curator of Earth Science collections, I had my first experience in working with some of the Mineralogy collection down in the stores.

It involved working with the Howie Mineral collection. This is a collection that was acquired by the Museum after the passing of Prof. R. A. Howie.

20140722_143726The task was simple enough, but seemed quite time consuming, and it was something that David had been working on for a while. Minerals needed to be moved into their own storage boxes within a larger box, as opposed to being left loose, how they came into the museum (below).

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We used acid free tissue paper and boxes to store the mineral specimens in to make them more secure and stop them sliding around too much.

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These were then stored, and an accession number from a sequence was placed in each box. The letter ‘N’ that can be seen relates to the…

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