Whale Teeth

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I have  been researching the history of these sperm whale teeth, which are held in our collections.  The whale was caught in seas near South Georgia in the 1945-6 season.

The teeth are going to be included in an exhibition on the heritage of Leith, developed as a part of the Crossings project.

Crossings is a partnership project between Edinburgh Museums & Galleries, Dancebase and Historic Environment Scotland. The project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Four groups of your people from Dancebase, Edinburgh Young Carers and Upward Mobility visited the Museum Collections Centre (our museum stores) as well as visiting Trinity House (run by Historic Environment Scotland). They learnt about the heritage of Leith and chose objects to put on display (including these teeth). They will also create dance pieces based on the heritage of Leith.

Although whaling is generally not accepted today, historically it was an important industry.

A whaling station called Leith Harbour was established in South Georgia by Christian Salvesen & Son, a company based in Leith. The company also brought back the first penguins for Edinburgh Zoo!

While looking into the topic I found this fascinating article showing images of the Leith Harbour station today.


About edinburghmuseumsoutreach

I'm the Outreach & Access Manager at Edinburgh Museums & Galleries (the museums service of the City of Edinburgh Council). I take the museums out to community groups and schools. I really enjoy meeting lots of people of different ages and backgrounds and helping them connect with our collections. I love showing people some of the amazing objects that we hold and I like helping them to remember the past or to create something amazing.
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