Over the last year, we've been working with colleagues, specialists and other members of our community to complete a major review of the Natural History Collections at the Horniman.
With a quarter of a million specimens to work through, much of it behind the scenes, we felt it time to take a fresh look at the collection: what we have, how we can use it better, how we can tell people about it and, most exciting of all, whether we have any gems of historical or scientific importance hidden amongst the collection, waiting to be discovered. What stories might they hold?
To do this, we’ve taken inspiration from outdoor 'Bioblitz' events. Our project takes this idea and uses it to develop a new way of reviewing our Natural History specimens.
These photographs, by Project Coordinator Russell Dornan, tell the story of the past year and show the Bioblitz process in action.