2014 has been a very busy and exciting year for the Bio Bank team and we are looking forward with anticipation to the New Year. Plans for our exhibition are moving apace, with much still to do in the nine months until it opens at the Manchester Museum. The exhibition is our chance to show people what our project is about and to share with visitors some of the results of our research. We have had a lot of fun working on this project so far, working with new museums (and their mummies) along the way. We particularly thank the curatorial and conservation staff at the three host museums (Manchester, Glasgow and Liverpool) for sharing their wisdom, ideas and offering support to exhibition newbies! We have now appointed a designer to work with us on realising our ‘vision’ and we look forward to getting started on the design in January!
The book to accompany the exhibition is still a work in progress although the deadline looms ever closer! It’s been a long hard slog to get to this point, but we hope that it reflects our research and will encourage others to look with fresh eyes at animal mummies in museum collections.
There can be no doubt that 2015 will present research challenges and that there is a year of hard work yet to come. We thank you all for following our progress, commenting on the work and making suggestions on how we can improve going forward. See you next year!