Monday, 8 December 2014

Alfred Denny Museum

There's a great little booklet knocking about Sheffield called Our Favourite Places. It's full of gems, from the renowned to the unnoticed and it's where we first heard of the Alfred Denny Museum. It's a zoology museum within the University of Sheffield, in the Alfred Denny building which was named after him as he was the first biology lecturer there in 1905.
The whole museum is full of specimens of animal life. They're arranged by 'Phyla' which means all organisms with a similar characteristic or ancestor are grouped together.

It's maintained by undergraduate volunteers and there's a guided tour, which is what we did, on the first Saturday of every month. It's free it get in but you must book quite far in advance to get a place because it's understandably very popular. We'd been trying to get in for about two months before we finally did but it was well worth it.

I'll stop talking now and show you some photos. There are some cracking things there, it's hard to say what my faves were but I suppose the Octopi are one of them, seeing as I have a bit of a thing for them. Oh and the cute little weevils!
Excuse the reflections, photographing things in glass jars within glass cabinets is not the easiest thing to do!

Who doesn't love a bit of the weird and wonderful. If you're into it I'd definitely recommend you give it a visit. 


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