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|Subject: Science and Art Museum. Coghill a collector of Seashells. Sun Sep 23, 2012 4:29 pm|| |
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"When a specimen is added to the museum’s collection, its details are recorded in a register book. The registers therefore constitute a valuable primary source of information on the specimen. Details taken generally include a name and description of the specimen, the source of acquisition, the locality from which it was taken, amount of money paid (if the specimen was purchased), and any further remarks. The specimen then receives a number based on the year it arrived in the collection, and the order in which it arrives. It is then usually labelled with this number, so that anyone who finds the specimen can refer back to the original information in the register. This numbering protocol has been in place since 1877, when the Science and Art Museum was founded. Older registers of museum accessions exist as well, as can be seen from the photo above . The lack of an organised numbering system in these registers can make it more difficult to unite specimens with their entries in the registers. Posts in this blog are largely based on specimens recorded in the register covering the years 1877-82."