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Merman

Merman

Among the more earnest exhibits at the Booth museum there are also some curiosities such as this Merman. The label explains that it was from South East Asia and made from the body and teeth of a fish and the head of a monkey and collected around 1890. Apparently you can tell the gender by the number of nipples – Mermaids have more than two. As with spirit photography, I enjoy the use of the mechanisms used in scientific research and the museum to make ideas appear true.

Especially for Phoebe, scholar of mermaid and merman exhibits world wide.

 

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Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Booth Museum

Brighton has a small Natural History Museum largely made up of Edward Booth’s collection (founded in 1874) which he gave to the city in 1890. I visited the museum as a child and enjoyed its untouched (and somewhat down at heel) ambience. As I mentioned a few posts back I have moved to Brighton and went to visit the museum today. I went with some trepidation, fearing that it had all been smartened up and over explained. Miraculously the museum is well kept in a state of almost suspended animation and is completely wonderful – still down at heel and slightly faded but with a wonderful collection of birds in small diorama boxes. They do not have pictorial backgrounds  – just a sky blue – but they do have quite elaborate foregrounds. I will post some details of these in a day or so. There are hundreds of these boxes – small glass cases –  with carefully observed worlds in them.

It is well worth a visit – I noticed on the website that it will be closed between 25th of February and 1st of March 2013.

Map

Map

Map

Map

Another exhibit from the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. I like this map a lot – it is described by the card shown above – because it concentrates on condition more than physical characteristics. It is also made so that it floats if dropped into the sea from the small fishing boats that used such maps. It is photographed through glass so there are a lot of reflections.