Tel: 01623 707017
We've Got Mansfield, Ashfield & Sherwood Covered


Celebrating birds at new Mansfield Museum display

Posted onPosted on 17th Apr

Mansfield Museum has a new permanent display, A World of Birds, which reinterprets its rich collection of 3,000 bird specimens, including some species that are on the brink of extinction.

A World of Bird features 600 exhibits spanning 500 species from across the planet. They include both the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, and its smallest, the hummingbird — along with rarities such as albino puffins.

Henry McGhie, who worked on the project, said: “The museum’s collection punches well above its weight, for a small museum. The new gallery aims to provide practical opportunities for people to take part in conserving and restoring nature.”

David Evans, head of Head of Health and Communities at Mansfield District Council, which runs the museum, said: “This new gallery is really something for Mansfield to be proud of and will undoubtedly help put this area on the map.

“It brings to life items that have been kept hidden and in storage for decades and were at a real risk of deterioration.

“Instead this gallery brings a new modern and inclusive relevance to these beautiful and intriguing specimens of Victorian and Edwardian natural history taxidermy.

“We hope this new attraction will draw visitors from far and wide as well as serve as a rich educational resource to local families, by promoting a deeper understanding of the natural world.”

Among the main features of the new gallery are:

Spectacular display cases of birds from many parts of the world, put together in the 19th and early 20th century.
Historically-important specimens, including the first-known occurrences of particular species in the UK, as well as locally rare birds.
An art gallery and community gallery space which will feature changing exhibitions.
A meeting space for small groups to explore natural history topics and supported by educational resources.