Find out about rare objects, exciting collections and unusual specimens discovered in the course of The Museum’s Inventory Project.
April 20, 2016
A memento from the 1875-6 British Arctic Expedition.
March 30, 2016
Today we compile inventories and record data on computers using database programs. Yet the origins of documentation date back about 5,000 years to the development of the cuneiform script in Mesopotamia.
March 16, 2016
A package from Japan brings a collection of Neolithic artefacts and a glimpse at a mysterious, ancient people: the Ainu.
March 02, 2016
Bone seam rubber from Mulroy Bay, Co. Donegal.
February 24, 2016
Possibly from early medieval pilgrimages to Rome.
February 17, 2016
A hoard of stone axes and a possible axe pendant from Runnacocka, County Roscommon
February 03, 2016
Fossils can be formed by a number of processes... some are better than others.
December 23, 2015
Decoding the mysteries of an ivory cross pedestal carved with skulls and biblical inscriptions found in Smerwick Harbour, on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry.
December 09, 2015
A stone inkwell and quill pen cutter from the NMI’s Folklife collection.
November 16, 2015
This specimen of a sponge, Isodictya multiformis (Stephens, 1915), was collected by the Scottish National Antarctic expedition lead by Dr W.S. Bruce off the coast of South Africa in 1904.