Archival Encounter: Monotremes

One component of the Survival Stories collaboration with the Australian Museum involves setting up conversations between archive/collections staff and research scientists. In this session, Vanessa Finney (Head of World Cultures, Archives & Library Collections) and Kris Helgen (Chief Scientist) were discussing platypus and echidna natural history illustrations, specimens and archival footage. Ceridwen guided the conversation, while Zoë sketched and asked for occasional clarification.

Two people look at a book one man films one woman draws
Echidna specimen and drawing
Platypus specimen and drawings of it
Table of monotreme specimens at the australian museum
Hand drawing platypus specimens
Sketches of echidna
Photographs by Ceridwen Dovey and Zoë Sadokierski, sketches by Zoë