Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:42 post
#revealingthemuseum – Dampier Marine Gallery
The Dampier Marine Gallery exhibits a wide range of specimens: from the Echinoderm family represented by sea stars, holothurians, urchins and feather stars; to molluscs like chitons, octopuses, bivalves, gastropods and sea slugs.
The diverse array of specimens on display was curated for the Gallery following Woodside funded Dampier surveys. These surveys resulted in a plethora of new information about this amazing marine environment, as well as documentaries, scientific papers, and of course the Gallery itself.
Objects and specimens being removed from the Gallery are being photographed, cleaned where necessary, packed and safely moved to the WA Museum’s Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool, where they will be stored until they are needed again for the New Museum, or other research or display purposes.
One of the biggest challenges was the removal of the large Gorgonian fan specimen (pictured below on the left), which is very fragile and required a lot of pre-planning to get it safely to the Collections and Research Centre.
You can read more about the Dampier Marine Gallery decant here: http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/articles/dampier-marine-gallery-decant