This week I interviewed Amanda Callaghan, curator of Reading University’s Cole Museum of zoology, about the ethics of displaying human and animal embryos. I then spoke to Amy Smith, curator of the University’s Ure Museum, about the design of one particular display. The recordings will be used for OERs on museum ethics and display design respectively. The crocodile handbag pictured above is in the Cole Museum in a display looking at conservation and the impact of humans on the environment.
I have also been looking through Ure archives for documents for an OER on Histories of Collecting, which will be about how museums came together and early collecting policies. It’s a bit of a puzzle; I’m not sure how intrinsically interesting most of the documents are, but then again students will need to get used to using all kinds of archive material, not just documents which are immediately appealing.