Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Old Specimens, New Pespectives

Many of you will, I hope, have explored the excellent New Light on Old Bones blog at the Manchester Museum. If you're interested in the wider context of this project then I highly recomend downloading their report (PDF). This was a novel and important effort to look at the broader context of natural history specimens, interpreting them from a social sciences and humanities perspective. It's a timely reminder both of the continuing value of these collections (which is not limited to the support of scientific endeavour), and also of the sort of project that will be difficult to support after the demise of the MLA.

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