Giant Elk Antlers

Megaceros hibernicus (Irish elk). Mounted on the wall of the IT office are some ridiculously large antlers – about 2.7m (9ft) from tip to tip. They belong to a giant deer which has been extinct for 10,000 years. This specimen was dug out of the peat bogs in Ireland, and was given to the Museum in 1873 by the Duke of Marlborough. It can be seen in a photograph from the 1870s on the top of a case in the main court.

I have always admired creatures with antlers, whether Christmas card reindeer, the red deer of Richmond Park, or the North American moose, so to sit in an office each day with such an enormous specimen above me is just wonderful.

Rosemary Painter, IT Officer