Conservation intern, Nicola Crompton, recently joined the team after graduating from the BA Conservation and Restoration degree at Lincoln University. It was there an enthusiasm for organic materials was sparked, which led to undertaking a placement at Cambridge University Museum of Zoology.
Delighted at the opportunity to gain post-qualification conservation experience, Nicola has quickly settled in with the whale family and is making great progress conserving the Northern Bottlenose Whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus (Forster, 1770)), a particularly odorous, oil soaked specimen.
While we, the whale team are not too popular in the tea room, with the aroma of rancid oil and ammonia clinging to our Tyvek suits, we present an intriguing spectacle to our museum visitors and luckily the odour doesn’t follow us home!
Gemma Aboe, Assistant Conservator