Exiting things have been happening in the world of Tullie house museum and with the CBDC
In particular we have recently celebrated and received our designated collection status, for our Natural Science collection. This means that our Natural Science collection is now considered nationally and even internationally significant. In the UK there are only 149 designated museums or museum collections and only a small handful of these are Natural Science collections, so that is an achievement on it own.
Though what is particularly exiting about the Tullie House Natural History Collection getting designated is that fact that in the past collections with ‘type’ specimens where only really considered, a ‘type’ specimen being the first described specimen of that specie of subspecies. However, Tullie house only have a few ‘type’ specimens and unlike other museums it has not spent most of its time collecting these, instead it has created a collection that is all linked to a region (being Cumbria) making it an unusual collection of highly useful information, that is not represented in many other Natural History Collections.
Having this collection of biological specimens, information and records all from one area makes the research value of the collection incomparable to many other museums. For example, the collection holds about 200 bees across most of bee species with multiple examples of each, from the last 200 hundred years in Cumbria. Meaning the research value of this collection compared to others is so important as you can see the changes in one area, rather a lot of examples from all different area.
Thanks to the now warmer weather the recording season is well and truly underway meaning that the CBDC has been busy with lots of exiting events. Most of these have been bug hunts for different events, most recently the Keswick Mountain Festival where the CBDC and Cumbria Wildlife trust teamed up to offer all the wildlife activities for the festival.
At Keswick Mountain Festival there was a variety of activities that people could get involved in from bug walks, to moth handling and even piles of donkey poo to tell everyone about the importance of dung beetles. Everyone really enjoyed what we where doing and particularly enjoyed getting to hold moths and meeting our large dung beetle Dave. Though the absolute highlight for me was the bug walks as not only did we find some interesting species, but we also got to teach the kids all about bugs and the natural world. Many of which loved it so much that they returned to the stand each day of the festival to get to see what bugs we had that day.
Above shows Ctenophora pectinicornis a species of crane fly and an indicator species of ancient woodlands and is quiet a spectacular wasp mimic.