Conserving a Red Deer Stag

Our taxidermy Red Deer Stag needed a little bit of TLC before he could be put on display at Gallery Oldham. Here Natural History conservator Lucy Mascord is meticulously reattaching areas of missing fur. The Stag was also given a thorough clean with a conservation vacuum and is now pride of place in our new foyer display.



Red Deer are the largest land mammal found in the UK and this is the largest native natural history specimen in our collection. Males have large, branching antlers, increasing in size as they get older. In the autumn breeding season, known as the ‘rut’ males bellow to proclaim their territory and will fight over the females.

OMA will display more of our taxidermy collection than ever before. Taxidermy was used to identity, study and characterise species long before photography, museums, zoos and the internet existed. Now these collections are used for all sorts of scientific study. For instance, many scientists are looking for changes to species over time and for that you need examples of mammals from 200 years ago, 100 years ago and now. If a species becomes extinct then future generations will still be able to see and study from our taxidermy collection.

Find out more about our collections and the new redevelopment project which will transform the original Library, Museum and Art Gallery building into a new space called OMA. Come and visit Gallery Oldham today.