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Oct15th - Jun04th2006 Brighton - Strandline Exhibition

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:25 pm    Post subject: Oct15th - Jun04th2006 Brighton - Strandline Exhibition Reply with quote

Oct15th - Jun04th2006 Brighton - Strandline Exhibition
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A strandline exhibition is running at the Booth Museum in Brighton. I have been working on this

exhibition with the River Ocean Foundation and the Booth Museum of Natural History, which is part financed by Interreg.

Apart from just identifying some of these

strandline objects, the exhibition also looks at how some strandline objects helped to support the belief in mythical creatures such as mermaids and unicorn. Fake

mythical creatures were once created to fool the public in bizarre side shows and the exhibition includes a wonderfully grotesque mermaid.
The exhibition also looks at

the physical forces that create the strandline with computer links to a live web cam on Brighton beach the Greenwich weather buoy and tide prediction

software.

Other sections look at marine litter (and the dangers to wildlife), the Victorians and stranded sea mammals and what scientists can learn from them.

This also links to a killer whale skeleton in the mammal hall from an animal washed ashore on Hove beach in 1936.

The aim of the exhibition is to show that the

strandline can provide tantalising clues to the wildlife that lives off our coast. There is also a special education programme for schools which I have helped developed

which will be run by the Museum education team. This includes information and support materials to aid follow up work back in the classroom.

Any interested

schools can contact the museum staff on 01273 292843. It is hoped that the exhibition will act as a spring board to encourage local people to visit the strandline to

discover the wildlife that lives off out fascinating but threatened coastline.

Stephen Savage
stevep.savage@ntlworld.com

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