Have some fun with this museum employee’s blog and see if you can figure this mystery out.
Happy Friday.


This week I have another genuine mystery object for you to have a go at identifying. I found a pair of legs in the collection and although I can think of a few things that they don’t come from, I’m a bit stumped as to what they did come from. Here’s one to give you an idea of what they look like:




Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. I would bet on them being from a Heron or Crane of some type. Being in a museum collection, possibly a Flamingo. At any rate some type of wading bird

  2. Thanks for pointing us to that fascinating museum in the other London
    – tried to cheat IDing the artifact, but that didn’t work. Vote 2 for avian.
    Any chance you can talk our local museum staff into supplying images
    of oddities in our own collection, identitifications known or unknown?
    Londoners have given them a lot of stuff over the decades that seldom
    sees the light of day (modified to conservation standards of course).
    There may even be some hilarious cataloguing notes to share – not an
    easy task; wonder how the thing above is described for their files.

  3. Collecting Curiosity,
    I’m doing a piece for The Beat arts magazine about Museum London so I’ll be talking to officials there. I suspect much like the Return From School painting request to push further to ID some of the girls, the response will be no staff time could be devoted to such an exercise.
    My Beat piece is looking at the mandate of a museum in the 21st century. Any thoughts on this?

    • The Horniman is currently trying out several ways of making the collections accessible like this. My blog is from a curatorial perspective and is my own personal endeavour, undertaken with the blessing of the museum. We also have a twitter feed from our current review project teams (Natural History and Anthropology) at @HornimanReviews and we have a Tumblr feed of our Anthropology review at http://in-the-horniman.tumblr.com/ Of course, there is also an online collections part of our website.

      In my experience social media platforms provide a fantastic place to develop a community of people interested in a topic, who are often able to provide a really useful insight into specimens and artefacts.

  4. Kathy, try Eldon House staff – their stuff is pretty accessible not in storage.
    Closeups fun.My view of the community museum as a 3 generation donor,
    visitor, volunteer at various times in its several locations, is that it holds
    our artifacts in trust. It needs to make them accessible as in the Horniman
    format, and reach out to residents/taxpayers to see if information can be
    added. Museology degrees give general expertise but not the intimate
    knowledge that may be known to longtime Londoners. Consider some of
    the artifact donors’ names and the social history relevance of their gifts.
    Also a focus on the adult audience’s need for accessible information, not
    just fees-paying childrens’ groups.
    Museum London has social media time to tweet etc – just promotion, not
    information. But apparently no portal for the public to enquire or give
    Will be very interested in your approach for the magazine article. Have
    you a personal vision of where this field is going – if anywhere, as money

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