In April 2013, we took our holographic equipment on a trip to the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL and made a few new TruLifeTM Holograms.
Founded in 1828 as a teaching college, the Grant Zoological Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London, housing around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom.
Museum manager, Jack Ashby told us how they are always looking towards new technology to make their collections more accessible, so he loved our technique that captures the physicality of the specimens, while maintaining ‘authenticity’ unlike other forms of imaging.
Curator, Mark Carnall, gave us a bit of history behind the items we made holograms from.
“A cranium and mandible of a Thylacinus cynocephalus – the extinct ‘Tasmanian tiger’. Thylacines were once widespread across Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea but became extinct in 1936. The last individual died in a zoo Hobart, Tasmania.”
Seahorses and Seamoth
“These confusingly named animals are actually both highly specialised ray-finned fish. The scientific name for Seamoths is Pegasus, so in a sense all of these fish are seahorses of a sort.”
“A dried specimen of European hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus. This technique of air or freeze drying specimens allows us to see how animals looked when they were alive.”
Pair of dried Chameleons.
“There are over 150 species of these highly specialised lizards. Famous for their ability to change colour, they change colour as a form of camouflage, as well as to signal other chameleons and even regulate their body temperature.”
Glass Octopus and Glass Squid
“These glass models of an Octopus and Squid were made by the Blaschka family. The Blaschka family produced a limited run of these beautiful models to show how various animals would have looked in life. Unfortunately, the secret of creating them died with the family!”
All of these TruLife Holograms, and several others are available to buy in our brochure; prices start at £295 for the hologram without viewer or frame.
These holograms are also available to buy directly from The Grant Museum, where you can also see the original items themselves, as well as thousands of other fascinating exhibits. It is open Monday to Saturday 1-5pm and is located on University Street in Bloomsbury. The nearest underground stations are Euston, Warren Street and Goodge Street.