MY FIRST SHELL EXHIBITION

 

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PINCHA AQUÍ

MY FIRST SHELL EXHIBITION

My second shell exhibition

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My third shell exhibition

 

I had been mumbled the idea of arranging a shell exhibition for a long time. After eleven years collecting shells I thought the moment to give them that educational use for which it had been conceived had arrived: showing the general public the wonderful biodiversity of mollusc phylum and contributing as much as possible to a greater respect for Nature. As a teacher on Environmental Education, I have spent the last two years checking the huge pedagogical power of a shell collection specially for children. They show greatly surprised when the big variety of shapes and colours of snails and shells is put in front of their eyes. Then they change their point of view about shells they had known until this moment and the best thing, they understand better that protecting and avoiding any kind of damages to these animals is neccesary.

With this aim, first of all I turned to my contact in the University of Jaen, the Doctor Reyes Peña, the best teacher of my Biology career by far and the responsible for the Investigation Vice-rectorship. As it happens, in November 2004, only some weeks after getting in touch with Mr. Peña an "Science and Technology Week" was going to be celebrated at the University. Well, my shell exhibition was designated as the inaugural event of it. Unfortunately the exhibition only lasted three days during which I showed around 2000 species, approximately two thirds of my collection in that moment.

What the objectives of this shell exhibition were?:

  • To bring the visitors much closer to the amazing world of molluscs through the huge variety of their shells
  • To give some information that leads the visitors to reach a better knowledgement and to develop a bigger affection for this animals
  • To show how important loving and respecting Nature and avoiding that animals as beautiful as molluscs can come in danger is

I also presented a lot of information panels about many matters related to mollusc phylum:

•  How to classify the species

•  Where they live

•  How are the shells, their shapes and colours...

•  What are some of the rarest

•  How to make a shell collection

•  What are some of the most valuable for collectors, and so on

The 2000 species of the exhibition were divided into seven different geographic areas (Africa, Asia, North America, South and Central America, Spain, Rest de Europe and Oceania), including both terrestrial and marine specimens. The shells were accompanied by a series of 17 coloristic information panels full of high-quality photographs and designed for an easy reading for any kind of visitors.

Let me invite you to have a look to the pictures below. They show the panels I have just referred to. If you put the cursor over the pictures a brief information about the subject of each panel will be displayed. You can inspect a longer image of the panels by clicking them. Even the pictures can be downdloaded to your computer. If you finally decide to downdload someone I advise you to save it as a Corel Photo Paint file (jpg extension) since hence it will be seen with a greater resolution. I apologize for not having made the English traslation of the exhibition panels.

THREE-PAGE LEAFLET FOR THE EXHIBITION

EXHIBITION PANELS GALLERY
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MOLLUSCS MOLLUSCS IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY BEAUTIFUL SNAILS THE COLLECTIONS SPECIALIZING IN BIVALVES
THE COLLECTOR´S ETHICS
THE COLLECTIONS SPECIALIZING IN CONUS AND CYPRAEAS THE POLYMORPHISMS TAXONOMY AND SISTEMATICS GALLERY OF RARITIES THE IBERUS GENUS
THE SHAPE OF BIVALVES SHELLS
SPANISH PROTECTED MOLLUSCS
THE COLLECTIONS SPECIALIZING IN GASTROPODA
THE CLASSIFICATION OF MOLLUSCS
PARTS OF A SHELL
MALACOLOGICAL AREAS
  MOLLUSCS STAMPS  

PHOTOGRAPHS GALLERY
PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE EXHIBITION
PANORÁMICA 1
PANORAMICA 2
PANORAMICA 3
MY FAMILY, MY FRIENDS AND ME
ANTE UN EXPOSITOR MONOGRÁFICO
ANTE UN EXPOSITOR DE CRISTAL
EN LA SALA DE EXPOSICIONES
MI ABNEGADA ESPOSA
UN BUEN COLEGA
MI MADRE Y MI HERMANA
MONOGRAPHS
F. CONIDAE
F. CYPRAEIDAE
F. HELICIDAE
F. UNIONIDAE
F. MURICIDAE
F. VENERIDAE
WOODEN EXHIBITORS
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE AFRICA
MOLUSCOS MARINOS SUDAMERICANOS
DETALLE MOLUSCOS MARINOS SUDAMERICANOS
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE OCEANÍA
GLASS EXHIBITORS
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 1
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 2
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 3
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 4
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 5
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 6
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 7
MOLUSCOS MARINOS DE ASIA 8
MOLUSCOS MARINOS ESPAÑOLES 1
MOLUSCOS MARINOS ESPAÑOLES 2
MOLUSCOS MARINOS ESPAÑOLES 3
MOLUSCOS MARINOS ESPAÑOLES 4

The opening ceremony for the shell exhibition was chaired by the Vice-chancellor of the University of Jaen and his complete board of directors. I was shocked by the big amount of local and regional, even national newspapers and TV stations that seemed to be interested in covering the event. Canal Sur, Onda Jaen, Localia TV and the two channels of the Spanish National TV were present. Moreover, Canal Sur TV, the regional Andalusian TV made a live link for its Program "Andalucia Directo".

NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS GALLERY
IDEAL NEWSPAPER (11-09-04)
JAÉN NEWSPAPER (11-09-04)
IDEAL NEWSPAPER
JAEN NEWSPAPER

 

TV PICTURES GALLERY

LOCAL NEWS PROGRAMS

(LOCALIA TV.)

11-09-04

PRESENTADOR
RECTOR DELANTE DE EXPOSITOR
ENTREVISTA AL RECTOR
RESPONDO A LA ENTREVISTA 1 RESPONDO A LA ENTREVISTA 2 RESPONDO A LA ENTREVISTA 3

CANAL SUR

(ANDALUCÍA DIRECTO)

11-10-04

PRESENTADORA DE PLATÓ
ENTREVISTA EN DIRECTO 1
ENTREVISTA EN DIRECTO 2
PRESENTADOR ESCUCHANDO EL MAR A TRAVÉS DE UNA CARACOLA DE TRITÓN
FINALIZA LA ENTREVISTA

My overall outcome for this first exhibition experience was highly positive. In fact the shell show was considered by the Rector´s office itself as the nicest and most complete of those arranged during the recent history of the University. I would estimate that the shell show was finally visited by around 1500 people, a great figure if the only three days of duration are considered.

There were a lot of parents who firstly visited alone the exhibition and one or two days after, came back along with their children. I also had the opportunity of working as a guide for several groups of Biology students coming from the Zoology subject of the Biology Degree, who curiously were studying the Mollusc phylum during the week of the show.

All in all, it was a very grateful experience which undoubtedly I´d like to repeat although I´d request for a greater time of public exhibition. Now I´m waiting for somebody who gives me the opportunity of arranging another shell show, maybe a museum, maybe an Scientific Park... I´m open to all kind of proposals.