Thematic Collecting

@ Manchester Museum



Migration of Ice Age Animals

We’ve been looking at the topic of migration over the last few months, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to re-visit a lovely interview with the Ice Age researcher Roger Jacobi, who sadly died a few years ago.

Roger had been researching Manchester collection for decades looking at the ebb and flow of animals in and out of Britain as the climate changed in the last Ice Age.


Thematic collecting: An unusual dweller of British caves, a story of the Brown Trout


The Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) is a European species of salmonid fish, which consists of two distinct forms. One of them is purely freshwater, referred to Salmo trutta morpha fario; another is known as the Sea Trout (S. trutta morpha trutta) that migrates to the oceans for much of its life and returns to fresh water only for spawning. Here you can find some facts about the Brown Trout.

However, this fish species is also able to adapt to living in caves. In the UK, several populations of cave-dwelling Brown Trout have been found. Graham Proudlove, an Honorary Curatorial Associate at the Manchester Museum, presents a story of this unusual “cave” fish (see below).

The Walney Island Deer comes to Manchester Museum


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