Lorraine Cornish

Collections and Specimens: Making a Mould

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Lorraine Cornish

As a conservator, Lorraine's tasks included making exact replicas of some of the Museum's most important specimens, such as the Archaeopteryx lithographica, for both public display and scientific research.

The quality of detail of Archaeopteryx replicas was especially important when the authenticity of the specimen was questioned, as scientists were able to study sections of a replica under an electron microscope to prove its credibility. You can visit the Archaeopteryx specimen in the Museum's Cadogan Treasures Gallery

Lorraine also worked on the Museum's Darwin exhibition, gathering original notebooks, pistols and specimens that were on the Beagle in the 1820s.