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Keep the Home Fires Burning - Royal Academy of Music museum London
Very interesting visit to the small museum crammed with fantastic musical instruments - including stradivarius violin and viola. Current...
Knowledge Learnt on the Year 4 Science Museum Trip
Introduction to Paying a Visit to Mary: 2008 Hall Curatorial Fellowship_@TheAldrich
Stedelijk - On Kawara
On Kawara - One Million Years
Transcript (2.08 mins) Welcome to the Life on Earth gallery. I’m Joe Botting, the Assistant Curator of Natural Sciences, and I look after the geology collections. If you are standing in front of the Irish Elk, as you walk into the room, look beyond it to the right and you can see a large slab of rock with a blue background. This is the “Wenlock Limestone Formation”, it’s one of the most important fossil localities in the world and it was collected from the middle of Dudley in the west midlands. There are huge quarries that were from the industrial revolution, and when they were digging this out for the limestone, for iron smelting, they found vast numbers of fossils. In this slab you can see probably something like forty different species. It’s about 400 million years old, from the Silurian period, so it is full of creatures that are quite unfamiliar today but you can see the shells of brachiopods: sea creatures which are quite different to the modern bivalves. You can also see stick-like things, these are mostly bryozoans - moss animals - little colonial creatures that filter the water. There are also trilobites, at least seven species here, but mostly as small pieces so you can see tails and pieces of heads. There’s one particularly clear tail to the right hand corner, just beyond a large shell that’s sticking up from the surface - there’s a small tail with a pronounced ridge down the middle of it, upside down, it looks a bit like a Christmas tree. There are also a large number of small, disk-shaped things scattered over the slab. These are parts of the column of a sea-lily, a relative of starfish that lived on a stalk. The whole fauna was part of a coral reef complex so it would have had lots of corals living here, there are a few of them in the slab – here with large honeycomb-like patterns, had bryozoans and sea creatures of all sorts scuttling around and living attached to it and it would have been a really remarkable place to go diving. In total there are something like 650 species known from this deposit. Fossil deposits like this are wonderful evidence for what Britain was like in the past.
Curator Joe Botting talks about Leeds City Museum's wonderful slice of Wenlock Limestone: a magnificent fossilised piece of Britain's warm, tropical past.
Thinktank 3: Robots, Space and Transport, with @majadunn and @stewartdunn1
Third boo from visit to
, with my parents in March. More about
The Native American Universe
Peter Mount, chairman, Manchester University Hospital Trust
AE11 no. 11 ~ jimi hendrix at woodstock at the experience music project
BiH 2014: Walking into Mostar with the midday call to prayer in the background
It has to be one of the most evocative, mesmerizing sounds I know, the Muslim call to prayer. In this recording, made around midday in...
I agree, both mesmerising and evocative.
Confrontation in Museum ! #ReadTheRules
Radcliffe and Maconie at the end of Hadrian's Wall! (Sept '09)
What is the London look?
Body Adorned exhibtion co-curator Wayne Modest gives his view.
TRANSCRIPT Hi, I'm Wayne Modest, and I'm co-curator of the Body Adorned exhibition. It's hard to say that there is a London look, that there's a single London look. I mean, London in itself as a city is... I find it's such a big city, that it's so varied, that in some ways sometimes is polarised or segregated... that so many different kinds of people live in different places in London. So to say that there is one London look is hard. I think that what one could define as a London look is what emerged out of the coincidences of many different traditions coming together, that also coincides basically with a city that has always been a world city, an international city. So in terms of fashion, style, in terms of movements, flows of textiles, materials, people. So if one could say... what I would say is that the London look is one that has emerged out of global flows of both materials, objects, as well as styles and ideas about what fashion is, about what dress is. But that's said, there's one person who says that the London look is very dark, and black, and that London has no colour. I'd disagree with that. I think one has to not even look so closely or so far to find that London is a place where there is colour, and there is a lot of colour and individuality, that there is a shared feeling for what dress is. That it is quite - in my interviews - that it is actually quite an edgy place. One thing that I think is important, though, is that while London is also place where people are free to dress - many people think about it in terms of individuality and freedom, there's also a lot of structures that prevent people from dressing in one way and others from dressing in another way. So it is not a place of absolute freedom as we think it is. It is stil l a place with its structures of prohibitions.
#Febooary2015 Day21 - Spending the rest of my days in ... #febooary #2015 #day21
I could see you in a zoo. I would come and look :-)
Interview with Bob and Ellie Haan at The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
donors Bob and Ellie
at The Art
AudioBoo for Museums
Atmosphere at Museumcamp (cake table)
Museumcamp is a place for museum professionals to come together and talk about museums. You could really hear the buzz in the room or was...
U3A members talking about Natural History research
Welcome to the life on Earth Gallery. I’m Joe Botting, the Assistant Curator of Natural Sciences, and I look after the geology collections. As you come into the gallery there’s an enormous case on your left – walk around the back of that and you will find the partial articulated skeleton of a hippopotamus. This is one of the most famous fossils to be found in Leeds itself and was discovered in 1852 in Armley at Mssrs. Longley brickworks. The people cutting the clay for the bricks started to find large number of pieces of bone and, after a while, they started finding very big bits of bone which, in their own words, “could not be Christian bones”. These were quickly sent to Philosophical Hall, where the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society was based, and Henry Denny came out to examine the bones and got quite excited. He spent quite a long time digging and collecting further bones and eventually recovered the remains of five hippos, one elephant and an aurochs. What you see in front of you are some of the bones which have been assembled to make a semi-complete skeleton. They’ve been stained very dark brown by a varnishing technique and you can see the original labels are still preserved in a lot of cases. The bones themselves are 125,000 years old, they’ve been dated by carbon dating. This shows us that, 125,000 years ago, Leeds was actually a lot warmer than it is now. We’re used to thinking in terms of there being an ice age in the past - and it’s true - but we’re still in the ice age. The ice age has warm and cold periods, we’re in a warm period at the moment, and this hippo lived in Leeds during the last warm period. There’s undoubtedly much more to be discovered in the sediments underneath Leeds.
Curator Joe Botting talks about Leeds's famous hippopotamus fossil.
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