What goes on behind the closed doors of a museum? Boring old objects or Pandora's Box?
With New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, having regaled (or accosted) the online public with its zealous dissection of a colossal squid -- squid cam and all -- our little museum is not to be outdone.
Ok, no one's given us a colossal squid lately, but as the collections manager, I have the privilege of seeing firsthand the precious donations from the public. Most of them do not go on display right away but end up in line to be labelled, catalogued and stored - though thankfully NOT dissected!
I have long wanted to share with people in a more timely manner the things we acquire, bypassing the redtape that even our tiny, volunteer museum has developed. I hope this little blog will be the right vehicle for that, especially for those who are interested in what we do but don't often get to visit us in person.
As always, your comments are most welcome.