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Last year our 100-year-old microfossil Christmas cards were featured in The Independent newspaper and on the Science Focus website. On 30 December I am presenting a Nature Live on the microfossil Christmas cards at 12.30 and 14.30 so if you are in the area, please do pop in and say hello.

 

If you don't live near London then follow us on @NHM_Micropalaeo as we are tweeting an image of one of our beautiful Christmas microfossil slides each day of December until Christmas.

 

This year, the Museum has decided to follow a microfossil theme with its own e-Christmas card featuring the Blaschka radiolarian that is currently on display in the Treasures Gallery. To read more see my post about putting radiolarians on display.

 

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The Museum 2013 e-Christmas card

 

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The Blaschka radiolarian model of Hexacontium asteracanthion currently featured in the Treasures Gallery, otherwise affectionately known as 'the red one', is magnified about 500 times. A CT-scan image of this has also appeared on the cover of the NHM Science Review 2011-2012.

 

Finally I would like to thank all my readers for their support over the past year and wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy new year!

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Irene Kopelman's exhibition entitled "The Challengers Report" opened on 10 Feb at the Gasworks Gallery and features artwork inspired by a visit to the micropalaeontology collections at the Museum. The glass slides of Antarctic radiolarian specimens used by Irene have been loaned for display as part of the exhibition, and two tours of the micropalaeontology collections were provided just after the exhibition opened.

 

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Irene Kopelman in front of two of her acrylic on canvas works based on Radiolaria. Pelham Miller makes a guest appearance in the picture on part of his rapid tour of the gallery!

 

Irene's work borrows patterns from nature or techniques of observation and classification from the history of science. Her inspirations include the expeditions of renowned explorers such as Scott and Shackleton; the title of the exhibition refers to the Challenger Expedition of 1872-76 which laid the foundations for modern oceanography. The exhibition includes large scale paintings of Antarctic radiolarians (see two of them above).

 

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Gasworks Curator Robert Leckie demonstrating the display of slides loaned by the Museum.

 

The slides loaned were transported in a purpose built carrying box made by Palaeontology Department Loans Officer Noemi Moran Lorengo from Plastazote inert foam. Noemi also processed the reams of paperwork associated with the loan and carried out a condition survey of the slides prior to their transport.

 

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The purpose built carrying case made from Plastazote and conservation grade card by Noemi (photo provided by Noemi Moran Lorengo).

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The slides of Antarctic radiolarians loaned to the exhibition (photo provided by Noemi Moran Lorengo). The specimens themselves are less than half a millimetre in size and are encased in Canada balsam that has turned brown in the roughly hundred years since the slides were created.

 

Two tours of the micropalaeontology collections were also included in the Gasworks events associated with the exhibition. We were able to showcase some of the amazing artwork associated with our collections including the 1889 Blaschka radiolarian models created from glass. Other materials included specimens and documents on an Antarctic theme including Heron-Allen's bound Terra Nova study volume and some radiolarian slides from the same expedition.

 

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Demonstrating slides and artwork as part of one of the two tours to the Micropalaeontology Collections (photo courtesy of Robert Leckie).

 

It was great to be able to visit the opening of the exhibition with my family - our daughter Blossom was born shortly before Irene first came to the Museum.

 

My thanks go to Lil Stevens who pointed Irene in the direction of this material while I was on paternity leave. We are hoping that Irene can come again in March and we can maintain links with artists from Gasworks following the Museum tours.



Giles Miller

Giles Miller

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This is Giles Miller's Curator of Micropalaeontology blog. I make the Museum micropalaeontology collections available to visitors from all over the world, publish articles on the collections, give public talks and occasionally make collections myself.

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