Amanda has mainly been influenced by Walter Potter, who was one of the first to dress up preserved animals in costumes. When the Potter collection was split up and sold on to private collectors a few years back, Amanda wanted to recreate some of the pieces herself as most of the collection would never be seen by the public again.

She now creates generic taxidermy, jewellery, wet specimens and steampunk themed pieces on commission as a self-funding hobby, and occasionally teaches and performs live taxidermy for educational purposes.

If you are a museum and would like to hold a taxidermy themed event, please do get in touch. Workshops and demonstrations are free of charge for museums, although a minimal fee for workshop kits, travel fees, accommodation (if required) and equipment used must be covered by the museum. Any additional money made via ticket sales is to be kept by the museum for restoration or preservation of specimens and artefacts held in their collection. 

Amanda doesn’t use animals that were killed for taxidermy, she uses reptile feed, road kill and animals that died naturally. She creates taxidermy to preserve the beauty of the animal.

If you are interested in joining the Taxidermy Lessons held (roughly) monthly at Barts Pathology museum, please ask to be placed on the museum’s mailing list so you can be first to receive information about upcoming workshops.
Contact Curator Carla at c.valentine@qmul.ac.uk for more information.

Amanda is also a follower of The British Historical Taxidermy Society, who help museums to keep their collections in good condition and on display, rather than being neglected from lack of funds and backing. Taxidermy is an important part of learning, antique taxidermy should be treasured for future generations, some of these animals may not be around in a few years time.

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