Another trawl through the Thompson archives brought up these drawings from the Natural History Museum in Dublin. They date from about ten years ago now, which would put me in my second year of college.
I love natural history museums and make a point of visiting one whenever I travel to a major city. My favourite by far is the one in London. Museums in general over the last decade or so have started replacing exhibits of the animals themselves, skeletons and fossils and the like, with really annoying 'interactive displays' that look like half assed computer games circa 1989.
The Natural History Museum of Dublin on the other hand is almost a museum of a museum. It hasn't changed very much from the Victorian cabinet museum it started out as. Down the back they still have rows of dark-wood, glass-topped displays, with leather covers. Flip back a cover and you'll see rows of mounted insects, some really monstrous ones. I got such a kick out of that as a kid.