“Pike too immense to stir, so immense and old”

This week has highlighted the importance of collection management as well the legal side of museums, in terms of ownership and lending.  Museums have a responsibility to preserve the past for the future, allowing the public to use its collections in many ways.  When it comes to the minefield of ownership, however, there are clear rules and procedures to avoid confusion. 

That said, the pike saga continues.  Frustratingly, I can’t tell too much yet due to the nature of the situation (more information will be available at a later date).  Basically, there’s an issue with one of our pike specimens.  He is a lovely piece in a beautiful glass case who was caught in the River Wye in the early 20th Century.  A pike enthusiast who is working with us came to visit to have a look at our collection and to compare notes so that we can get to the bottom of it.  More on this soon.

I am going to accompany a colleague during their visit to a local hospice.  It’s not just children that museums target in their many outreach programmes and although daunting, I imagine it will be quite a special experience.  There is a particular gentleman who loves birds so I am currently looking through our collection for some pretty and interesting examples.  We have a few specimens from James W. Lloyd.  He lived in the area during the 19th Century and we have an eagle that he raised from the egg.  I spent some time researching him and learning as many interesting things, arming myself with curious facts.

One of our volunteers asked me about his current ladybird infestation.  I recall some of my friends experiencing this a couple of years ago.  It seems that more and more harlequin ladybirds are overwintering in people’s attics and woodwork, and come spring time they emerge and cause havoc.  I did a bit of reading on it and looked into prevention and treatments.  It’s tricky.  Watch out, everyone!

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