Victorian Parlor Aquarium – Coldwater Marine Tank Video

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Horniman Museum’s Victorian Aquarium exhibit

Jamie Craggs, Aquarium Curator at the Horniman Museum, explains to Andrew Gray about the Victorian Aquarium designed originally by Philip Henry Gosse.

 It’s a modern day riff on the legendary works of British naturalist and marine biologist Philip Henry Gosse, who is credited as inventing the word “aquarium” to replace the phrase “aquatic vivarium”.  Unlike Gosse in the 1800s, this modern tank features a remote life support system with nothing but the best to ensure a stable, healthy environment. This video from the Manchester Museum’s Youtube channel gives you a quick overview and behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring antiquity back to life.  Philip Henry Gosse’s 1855 book, A Handbook to the Marine Aquarium, is available to read online in a myriad formats including downloadable pdfs.  While it’s not quite like owning the real thing, it’s a fascinating glimpse into our past. Video Credit – The Manchester Museum Thanks to Steve Waldron for bringing this to our attention. MORE: Victorian Parlor Aquarium – Coldwater Marine Tank Video

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