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Before and After Gallery

Gallery of Preparatory Work

Before and after photographs of specimens prepared for the JESBI project.


Click on a specimen number to see work undertaken by our preparator Lorie Barber. Lorie is a skilled technician who uses specialised tools to extract fossils from the surrounding rock.

 

 

Did you know...

Rubble!

Ron Pickford, who fought valiantly to save the collections, had to stop builders using mineral specimens as hardcore!

Curatorial Curiosities

Wax impression from the mediaeval seal of Glastonbury Abbey

Founded in the 7th Century, Glastonbury Abbey became one of the wealthiest and most powerful in the land by the mid-late mediaeval period. An “Engraving of a seal of the Abbey of Glaston” in the British Museum’s collection, identical to this wax impression, is dated 1536. This seal may have been in use for much longer.