The conservation and restoration of skeletons, heads, and full taxidermy specimens for Haselmere Educational Museum

Until recently the natural history galleries of Haselmere Educational Museum have long had a traditional and interesting if rather homespun look about them. However, external funding in recent years has provided a new storage area and a much-improved re-vamp of the galleries allowing more specimens to go on display.

This wide-ranging project included:

  • The cleaning, conservation and consolidation of a young Moa skeleton (see pictures below), necessitating the restoration of some vertebrae, foot digits and most of the skull.
  • The reconstruction, consolidation, re-articulating and re-tinting of the exoskeleton of a Japanese Giant Spider Crab (Macrocheira kaempferi).
  • The cleaning and repair of two taxidermy Rhinoceros heads.
  • Cleaning and removal of mildew from a taxidermy specimen of a Koala Bear (Phascolarctos sp.).
  • The cleaning and transfer from formaldehyde to alcohol of a dogfish skeleton, several large starfish (picture 3) and a rabbit cardiovascular-injected dissection.
  • And last but not least, Arthur the much-loved Siberian bear received particular attention from Simon Moore and now sports a fresh set of claws since most of the original ones had been removed by souvenir hunters!

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