One of the main reasons to come to Iceland was to collect new volcanic structures for the museum alongside collecting stories, interviews and background information. We were able to collect some beautiful Ropey lava from the 1724-29 Myvatn Fires eruption yesterday.
They show the classic ‘ropey’ texture of gas poor, very fluid lava that flowed down the hill and across the valley in the images below. The lava was very brittle.
We have made every effort to collect in a responsible way. We have permission to export from the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and are only collecting loose material. A telegraph line ran across part of the lava flow which gave us a good, very disturbed area to collect from.
I’m pleased to say that the hoardings around the glacial boulder in the University Old Quad next to the museum have been taken down.
Here’s what we’ve got about the boulder in our new Ice Age display:
In 1888, during the construction of a sewer on Oxford Road, an enormous boulder was discovered, that had originated in the Lake District, more than 80 miles away. It has been displayed in the Old Quad next to the Museum ever since.
The icebergs vs land ice debate was still raging. William Boyd Dawkins, the first curator of Manchester Museum, favoured drifting icebergs.