Cabinet upon cabinet, jar next to jar,detail within detail, labels and labels and labels;The Hunterian Museum housed at the Royal College of Surgeons is a paradise for the lover of minutiae. It is a vast collection of specimens, human, animal and plant; normal and abnormal and practically all very odd! http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian
It brought back memories of a treasured possession that I had loved as a child…a microscope. I can now recall hours spent squeezing little things between the glass slides and peering at them through the lens. It was a thing of fascination and enthralment. Then along with this magnification, this change from something known to something mysterious, add all the scientific names and phrases that make another layer, a different world altogether!
Look at some of these sea shell names for example: Paper Fig, Pear Whelk, Lace Murex, Lettered Olive, Scotch Bonnet, Atlantic Bubble, Baby’s Ear, Kitten’s Paw, Egg Cockle,Spiny Jewel Box, Turkey Wing, Sunray Venus,Quite delicious Fly Speckled Cerith, Calico Clam….http://seashells.org/seaident.html