An exhibition created in collaboration with the RSPB at Dumfries Museum
September 21st to November 21st 2022 – Tuesdays to Saturdays, closed Sundays and Mondays
A taxidermy corncrake in Dumfries Museum’s collection was the starting point for an exhibition which has been over two years in the making. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is running a nationwide project, ‘Corncrake Calling’ which focuses on the plight of the corncrake.
From September 21st, Dumfries Museum will be hosting one of the outcomes of this project: an exhibition with a series of interactive tables designed by schoolchildren from across Scotland. Each of the interactive stations considers a different theme such as migration, biodiversity and habitats which will help visitors learn about the corncrake and think of ways to help protect it in future.
Having a natural history focused exhibition provided a great starting point for the museum team to search through their collections to showcase other objects from their stores. This includes a pangolin, the skin of a sloth, a giant tortoise, the skull of the last boar killed in Dumfries and Galloway and the rostrum (or saws) of sawfish to name but a few! Large fibreglass animals such as a crocodile, jaguar and koala bear have also been hidden around the museum for younger visitors to ‘spot’ and complete a trail when they visit.
Corncrakes and Other Creatures in Crisis exhibition open within Dumfries Museum. Free to enter, open Tuesday to Saturday.