Birds and Snakes

A bit of a mystery

By Pauline Marples

These two beautiful birds and the snake (is that beautiful it makes me shudder?), are to be discovered in the Museums latest exhibition of artefacts etc. Artefacts that have been hidden away for years and are now on display in one of the galleries. While some of the older generation will remember them from visits to the museum many years ago, it is also a bit of a mystery where they came from and how old they are.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Birds and Snakes' page

P Marples

This page was added on 29/02/2016.
Comments about this page

I can remember seeing this exhibit as a child back in early sixties

By Barry
On 01/03/2016

Hello Pauline, I worked for Mansfield Council as an electrician for almost 44 years  and I have been retired for nearly 5 years. In that time I worked at the museum many, many times and can remember seeing this particular exhibit as a young apprentice just starting out. Once we had to move it to get to repair the lights above the display case. I suppose many more readers can probably  remember further back than me. I think the exhibits are Secretary birds from Africa and are experts at killing snakes.


By Pete Higgins
On 01/03/2016

There is also an exhibit with a Mongoose attacking a snake.

By Tom Shead
On 02/03/2016

I remember this particular cabinet from when my dad took me to the museum in the 1950s, we used to visit about once a week.


By Peter Bowler
On 05/03/2016

Excellent news - I loved going round the Museum after I had been in the library on Saturday mornings.  I have often told my grandchildren about all the stuffed animals and birds that were on display.  Now they will get to see what I have been talking about.


By Val Mason
On 17/03/2016