Tullie house has been very exiting recently as we have been celebrating 125 years since our opening, this means we have been throwing lots of different events to allow Tullie’s community to celebrate with us.
A highlight of this was out Tullie 125 exhibit that showed some exiting items from the collection that aren’t often seen or never seen, a lot of these items where chosen through stories that local people had about the museum as well as the stories of people who have worked at the museum.
Amongst the exhibition were several interesting items from the collection including items from many founding collectors, one of the most exiting was the 6 bird cases which show a Cumbria species set in their habitats created by Ernest Blezard that have been in storage for years. They and hundreds more where once displayed floor to ceiling in a large bird gallery that is now used as stores, older members of the community remember the cases fondly.
I have been working on the Bird Mount inventory these last few weeks but soon realised what a mammoth job it was going to be particularly as I now needed to get photos of each specimen, so they can be easily identified in the future. Luckily, I was able to get some fantastic volunteers in to help me and we managed to steam through a load of cupboards. Along the way identifying, inventorying and photographing them as well as of course looking for pests.
I have also been working on my plan for my display that I am going to be putting in the temporary cases in the ground floor. Its exiting as I get to link museum work to conservation which what I am passionate about, and my work with Tullie but also the CBDC means I can cover this area nicely. So my display is going to be an update on Macphersons ‘Fauna of Lakeland’, through having 3 species either extinct (locally), at risk or in recovery in Cumbria of mammal, Bird and Butterfly. To highlight some of the issues but also show people what’s going on with their wildlife locally and maybe even ways they can get involved.
I am trying something new with the species of the week that I do for CBDC, by getting different guest writers to share a bit about a species that they work with or one that is of interest. Hopefully this will not only give people the best and very interesting information about a Cumbrian species, but also will let people about them and the work they do and maybe inspire them to get involved.
CBDC’s website has been due an update for a while and now I have been taught how to edit it which means I can get updating it. But also means I can add more information and resources and make it user friendly to everyone in particular people who may not be familiar with recording.
I am really looking forward too the summer with the CBDC as there are a number of exiting events coming up, but also its recording season which means most of the work we do moves outside!
A reminder of how close summer is was this sighting of a Hairy-Footed Flower bee that are scarce up north, but in the Tullie house garden we have their host plant so have a small population. Shown in the picture is the individual (male) I saw on the 26/02/2019.