Tiger in a Library

One great example of innovative use of a historic natural science specimen was undertaken by a team of colleagues at the Manchester Museum in concert with young people from Moston, just north of Manchester.

Tiger in a Library

One of the Manchester Museum's tigers in North City Library, March 2010

A group from the Moston Steps Project (a complimentary education service) worked with staff including Andrea Winn (Curator of Community Exhibitions) to put together an exhibition about evolution and Charles Darwin, as part of The Evolutionist, the Museum’s Darwin extravaganza and its Museum Comes to You service. They picked a mounted tiger to be central their exhibition – bringing it into a public space beyond the museum’s stores for the first time in decades.

The project was interesting on many levels, not least as an example of the long, dynamic afterlives of animals.

Sam Alberti



Filed under Meanings, Objects

4 responses to “Tiger in a Library

  1. Hmmm, the after lives of animals sounds like a good title for a paper.


  2. It’s a great initiave and nicely demonstrates a cultral value of historic specimens that goes beyond their relative importance to traditional natural history.

  3. If only I had a greenback for each time I came to newlightmanchester.wordpress.com.. Great writing.

  4. sjmma

    NB: for a more detailed account of the process, see

    Sam Alberti and Andrew Winn, ‘A Tiger in a Library’, _Natural Sciences Collections Association News_ 19 (2010): 72-76

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