A really positive credit for my research – Leeds nostalgia: The story of the Leeds Tiger

It’s strange how past projects occasionally resurface… Just after Christmas an article relating to Leeds Museums & Galleries popped up in the Yorkshire Evening Post about the Leeds Tiger – a piece of very old taxidermy that frankly, I know waaay too much about. A copy of my Master’s dissertation resides in the archive at Leeds associated with the Tiger, and I’m glad that it is being used by those interested in the object’s colourful history. It was nice to be given such a positive credit in the article too!

See the original article: HERE.




Public Lecture @ Halifax Café Scientifique


On Wednesday, December 3rd @ 7:30pm, I shall be delivering a public lecture entitled:

Stilled Life: The Art and Science of Taxidermy

@ Halifax Café Scientifique, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax.

This is a free event, please come and join us! 

For more info please see:  http://www.cafescihalifax.org/


Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) taxidermy research article

Please take a look at this short article hosted by the Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) concerning my taxidermy research.

The article can be found here.

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An ‘escapee’ taxidermied grey wolf on the fringe of the ‘Living Planet’ gallery, Great North Museum: Hancock (2010). © Image by the author.

Taxidermy: Creativity, Curation, Context & Care

Image © Sean Dooley

On Friday, 18th July 2014, I attended Taxidermy: Creativity, Curation, Context & Care, a conference organised by the Natural Science Collections Association (NatSCA) at UCL, UK. There were some great presentations from Errol Fuller, Merle Patchett, Joanne Hatton, Jazmine Miles-Long, Andrea Roe and Sean Dooley.

Some interesting issues were raised about the subject, and of course, a few of the more contentious elements  of  the practice were discussed and debated. There was a  strong interdisciplinary mix in attendees demonstrating how taxidermy continues to connect museums and museum professionals, with artists, collectors and academics.

Thanks to NatSCA and the organisers for another insightful event!