Archive for March, 2015

Berwick Rocks for British Science Week

BSA_BSWNODATEB_RGBHILast year I had a look in the store room of Berwick Museum and Art Gallery. While I was there I saw a few natural history specimens that intrigued me. There is nothing like a Narwhal tusk to fire the imagination or a Sawfish rostrum to peak your interest. Using these items as our inspiration we put on an event for British Science Week (formerly National Science and Engineering week).

Anne Moore and Jim Herbert at the Museum took the specimens and made them in to a wonderful display.

fossil collectionDr Tom Challands came down from Edinburgh University to talk about the fossil collection and I was on hand to talk about the recent animal specimens. Tom brought with him a fossil preparation kit and got the visiting children to prepare some dinosaur bones he had brought with him.

narwhal tusk and carpenter sharks rostrum


I brought along some shells and encouraged the children to draw them, using their

observational skills to get all the details. We had a great day, I think that families that came along had a really great time to.  Thanks to Anne and Jim for all their hard work and thanks to Bristish Science Week for supporting the event.

The natural history exhibition will be open from Easter until September when the museum closes for the winter and it will be accompanied by a temporary exhibition of posters from the first World War.

Berwick Museum also houses part of the Burrell collection of art and antiquities. Part of the collection has been restored and hung to great effect at the Granary Art Gallery in Berwick until the 4th of May.