Rare brush with nature at museum

MUSEUM staff dug deep and showed off many normally stored treasures at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery yesterday.

The display, concentrating on flight, was part of the QVMAG's Bug Day Out! and attracted about 90 people, including many children.

The program offers activities that explore how concepts of nature have been harnessed by humans. 

QVMAG natural sciences curator David Maynard said the museum was blessed with globally-important collections.

Curious children yesterday participated in a range of activities to learn about the collections.

Mr Maynard said an example of international interest was a recent inquiry by British researchers about the extinct Tasmanian emu.

George Maxwell, 7, of East Launceston, said one of his favourite activities was making toy birds in a craft session.

He said he also liked looking at the  brushtail possum specimens on show, with his favourite being the white one as the fur was the softest.

Mr Maynard said it was important that the natural history collection was preserved and expanded.

``We are collecting the biodiversity of Northern Tasmania through space and time,'' he said.

``We are lucky to have these collections and it is up to us to keep on doing it.''

George Maxwell, 7, of East Launceston, and natural sciences curator David Maynard at the QVMAG Mini Museums Day at Inveresk with specimens including brushtail possums.

George Maxwell, 7, of East Launceston, and natural sciences curator David Maynard at the QVMAG Mini Museums Day at Inveresk with specimens including brushtail possums.

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