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  • The Top Ten Grant Museum Blogs of 2014

    By Jack Ashby, on 9 January 2015

    Happy New Year!

    At this time of year, as well as looking forward to the exciting things we hope to do in the coming year, it is customary to look back at the past one. On Twitter over the past week I’ve been tweeting the best of 2014’s blog – the Top Ten most viewed Grant Museum posts of last year. Looking back, it’s certain that we’ve had a top year in terms of blogging, with 136 posts from Team Grant, and over 100,000 page views across the UCL Museums blog. But what were the best posts?

    I’ve announced those ranking at 10 to 2 in the charts, and exclusively revealing here that the most popular post of 2014 is…

    Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: July 2014

    The Top Ten in full:

    1) Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: July 2014
    2) Does a museum studies degree help you get a job in museums?
    3) Specimen of the Week: Week 147: The Battery-Powered Opposum
    4) Is it ever acceptable for museums to lie?
    5) Is Archaeopteryx a bird or not?
    6) Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month: June 2014
    7) War, Love and Coal: New Exhibition from UCL Museum Studies Students
    8) Underwhelming fossil fish of the month: January 2014
    9) Subnature exhibition opens today
    10) Grant Museum starts major project to preserve rarest skeleton in the world

    As much as this is a great list, something obviously isn’t working with the Underwhelming Fossil Fish of the Month series. A resolution for 2015 is to achieve a lower degree of whelmingness.

    As ever, the blog can be relied on for ponderings from our expert staff on how museums should work, tales (tails?) from behind the scenes and writings on modern natural history. We’re looking forward to a big year in 2015, with our biggest ever exhibition, a huge conservation project and our first ever fundraising campaign.

    You can read it all here.

    Jack Ashby is the Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology

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