Frenken Room Refurbishment
Over the past eighteen months the Frenken Room in the Field Study Centre has undergone a slow but steady refurbishment. Graham, with a little bit of help from me (Lester), both of us volunteers, have been sorting and reorganising the various displays and specimens. So far, we have made a partial transformation of several displays.
In many cases, labelling has been revamped and sometimes altered. The skulls have been relabelled for younger patrons to investigate and enjoy handling. Our Mammoth memorabilia has been enhanced with a dialogue and an illustration of a Woolly Mammoth: we hope to eventually allow them to be handled – under supervision! – as they are quite heavy and valuable.
The Geology section has been relabelled, and in some cases identification of rocks has been altered in the light of more research.
There are more subtle changes in evidence, such as the coloured frieze behind the plastic Natural History Museum prehistoric models, to set the scene of a lower/mid Cretaceous age scenario.
We also have a mounted skin shed by a juvenile Burmese Python. This is positioned in pride of place over the windows in the Frenken Room.
Outside the Frenken Room, in the entrance lobby area, the exhibitions in the glass cabinet have been reformed. There is now a display area dedicated to birds’ eggs, ranging in size from the huge Elephant Bird that once inhabited the island of Madagascar to the clutch of tiny eggs of our own Great Tit (Hummingbird eggs are even smaller!). The marine exhibit has also been rearranged, to give an idea of what can be found on a local beach strandline (high water mark).
The museum volunteers are slowly but surely getting there, but we are fully aware that is a goodly load of work still to do!
We have amongst our team of volunteers, several who are quite willing to give talks on geology, fossils, prehistory and natural history. Enquiries from interested schools and other groups will be welcomed. Please phone the Reserve or email us using the details in the Contact section.
Lester Hovenden (Volunteer)