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A VIP Visit to the Stores

Yesterday was quite a special day down at the museum stores. We got to welcome young bone collector Jake McGowan-Lowe for a special VIP tour.

Jake has been blogging about his bone collection for some time, and has received quite a bit of attention in the media. His visit was organised by Deputy Keeper of Natural History, Paolo Viscardi, who runs his own blog called Zygoma, and has been working with Jake to identify bones for some time.

Many of the staff have been following Jake on Twitter and are big fans of his blog, so we were all quite excited to meet him and his dad Nick. As it was #MusCake day, Collections Assistant Laura even contributed an appropriately-themed cake to celebrate!

  • Skeleton Cake, Cake by Laura Cronin
    , Cake by Laura Cronin

Jake started off his tour in the taxidermy hall, before heading to the 'bone room', where Paolo does most of his work, surrounded by the Osteology collection.

Jake has a rather impressive collection of his own, but it was fantastic to see him explore some of our most interesting specimens. You might remember this Lappet-faced vulture skull from our Tumblr blog.

Some of the museum's most interesting skulls were brought out for closer inspection.

Paolo shared some tricks of the trade, including the tell-tale signs which let you know which big cat skull you are looking at.

Jake also had a closer look at the entomology drawers, as well as a chance to handle specimens from the museum's fossil collection.

Huge thanks to Jake and his family for making the trip down from Scotland to see our collection. It is always fantastic to welcome special visitors to the stores, and a great chance to show off some of the objects which are usually hidden away.

Head on over to Jake's blog to learn more about his brilliant bone collection and read his own post about yesterday's visit.