Today I went through the remaining documents for the collection I have been working on at the College. This meant recording the content of photographs and paper documents and then matching any relevant information relating to any specimens.
As with last week most of the photographs were of skulls with pathologies. However there are a few photos of some x-rays including one of an antenatal individual in uteruo.
When looking through the documents there were very interesting pieces. These included draft handwritten versions of writings by the original collector of the specimens. These writings focused on the condition anencephaly which many of the specimens had.
Finally there was also a CV of Trusty, the collector. This included a photocopy of his passport and a list of his academic and work experience. It was pretty cool being able to learn a little more about the man who made this amazing collection. He clearly had a great interest in development pathologies, particularly anencephaly, and shared his research in at least a few articles.
I’ve been very lucky to work with such a great collection that is so delicate, interesting and amazingly preserved. I really hope that now we are sure what the collection consists of that it can be used for some form of research as it would be a shame if it sat in a storage room unused.