In the second week of volunteering, we only did one day. We continued to look at the taxidermy specimens on the shelves and tried to trace them in the written accession books. Not all were present, and so we carried on producing basic computer records on Excel, with up to date details such as measurements and a full condition report.
I like the accession books, they're very interesting to read, but can sometimes be quite difficult to understand!
Specimen of the week - mongoose avec snake! There are two of these, fairly identical. Gross.
Sarah King, a post-doc from my uni department is also on the placement this summer. We take it in turns to handle the specimens and wear the body suits.
A constant hazard - hence the body suits!