Butterflies, bats, fish and flying things

The Zoology Museum in Cambridge is now fully open! (Okay, that's been true for a couple of months, but I've been a bit run down and gotten behind.) The lower-ground-mezzanine-middling-whatever-the-pit-is-called was open for a few months n 2018 before the grand re-opening by Sir Wonderful David Attenborough and the unveiling of the upper-middle-ground- level-after-going-up-the-stairs level rest of the museum. And, though it's taken a while, boy was it worth the wait! Gorgeous displays surround you as soon as you walk in. Local butterfly collections never looked so good! Fish, cleaned to the bone (hopefully by local cats) also show their faces. With their family tree (cladograms), which I've n

Faces of Tutankhamen

Also at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology this month (only till 23 September) are some original photos of the tomb of Tutankhamen! Tutankhamen has a special place in my heart, not only because after years of learning and forgetting and relearning how to read hieroglyphics, he's one of the king's names that I can still recall not matter how rusty I am. Also I saw the artefacts when they came to the Millennium Dome, and have been in a replica of the tomb, I think in the USA (anyone know where? Not Las Vegas - possibly Florida?). But who doesn't appreciate the bling of the gold mask? Well, it's not so bling in the sepia photo prints in this exhibition. But what is special is looking on

Horn dancing and headdresses

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA) has an exhibition based on the Star Carr finds. If you're not familiar with it, it is the main source of our knowledge of Mesolithic habits in Britain, including exception finds of deer mask/antler headdresses. There is normally one on display upstairs at the MAA, but in this special display, they have a mass of them (3D printed copies to protect the originals). Now you many wonder what the headdresses were for. The display asks exactly that question: So that clears that up then! Being the MAA, everything is beautifully and thoughtfully laid out, like this display of worked flint. They do try to understand the cultural uses of headdress, and w