Our museum holds a huge collection of eggs from a variety of different species.
Egg collecting was a common interest and hobby during the 19th century but concern over the impact on bird populations led to it being an unfavourable past time and eventually prohibited.
These collections provide much scientific value regarding basic breeding biology and are a key resource to examine impacts of global change and the health of local environments. Acquisition of these finite collections are important when the opportunities arise in order to preserve them for their scientific and historical value into the future.
Pictured is one of our many tireless volunteers Elizabeth Newton, who is unpacking our latest batch of eggs into our collections so they can be used for examination and research.#egg #eggcited #melbournemuseum #eggsinmuseums #behindthescenes