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London's Grant Museum Re-opens!

by Suzanne on March 8th, 2011

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL by Matt Clayton - via Wired - click to enlarge

One of my favourite places in this rotten city and the only remaining university zoological museum in London, Robert Edmond Grant's Grant Museum will finally, finally re-open its doors after a 8-month relocation and reorganising process. Saying that I'm excited is a massive understatement.

Founded in 1828, the museum now contains 68,000 specimens - skeletal remains, taxidermied and formaldehyde-preserved creatures.

I myself am the proud adoptive parent of a Blaschka glass octopus thanks to the museum's amazing sponsorship scheme that lets you adopt a specimen.

The Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL by Matt Clayton - via Wired - click to enlarge

The museum will re-open in a former Edwardian library on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 from 1 - 8 PM at the following location:

Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockefeller Building
University College London
21 University Street
London WC1E 6DE
Tel: 020 3108 2052
Email: zoology.museum@ucl.ac.uk
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Admission is free and since it's open until 8 PM you have no excuse to miss this - particularly if you've never been to the Grant at its old location.

And if this all wasn't great news enough, the remains of a dodo have been found while moving into the new home.

Blaschka Glass Models & Photographs Touring Germany

by Suzanne on May 17th, 2008

© Leopold & Rudolf Blaschka | Photograph by Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch

The incredibly detailed and highly fragile tentacled glass invertebrate models (and photographs thereof) created by Leopold (1822 - 1895) & Rudolf (1857 - 1939) Blaschka's supernaturally gifted hands are currently touring Germany's natural history museums.

Closing tomorrow at Technische Sammlung in Dresden, the show entitled Gläserne Geschöpfe des Meeres will travel to Reutlingen, Bremen and finally Munich (c.f. dates and locations below).

Even though - as far as I understood the announcement - the exhibition will mainly focus on Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch's photographs of the glass sculptures, a few very delicate Blaschka sea creatures have been loaned from Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to go on show.

This is a very rare opportunity to see them in all their otherworldly fragility and delicacy.

Exhibition Dresden: Closing tomorrow, Sunday, May 18, 2008 | Location: Technische Sammlung Dresden

Exhibition Reutlingen: July 10 - October 19, 2008 | Location: Naturkundemuseum Reutlingen

Exhibition Bremen: November 15, 2008 - January 15, 2009 | Location: Ãœbersee-Museum Bremen

Exhibition Munich: February 12 - April 30, 2009 | Location: Museum Mensch & Natur München

Art Magazin review

Catalogue: Blaschka. Gläserne Geschöpfe des Meeres by Heidi und Hans-Jürgen Koch. Hamburg: Verlag Dölling & Galitz 2007.

Find out more about the Blaschkas:

Blaschka-Haus e.V. - Blaschka Association in Dresden

Out of the Teeming Sea - Cornell University's website on Leopold & Rudolf Blaschka's glass invertebrate models

The Glass Aquarium - Blaschka article by the Design Museum

Botanical Wonders - Article by the Corning Museum of Glass about the Blaschkas' Harvard Glass Flowers

The Glass Menagerie - Frieze feature on the life and work of the Blaschkas

Flowers Out of Glass - Beautiful article by Nancy Marie Brown

Sea Creatures of the Deep - Nice picture gallery of the Blaschka glass models

The Blaschka Marine Invertebrates - William Warmus article about the Cornell Blaschka collection

Glass Jellyfish, Squid, Flowers & Other Marvels... - Thread over at the ever educating WurzelForum®