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Society for the History of Natural History


Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world

Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world

June 14, 2018 09:00am - June 15, 2018 05:00pmWorld Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN

SHNH summer meeting and AGM in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club

World Museum Liverpool

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018

(Lunch and tour of Knowsley Hall, Wednesday 13th June)

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2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. A pivotal moment in the history of exploration, Cook’s voyages influenced many areas of science and endeavour – from astronomy and geology to natural history and anthropology.

This international meeting, held in association with the British Ornithologists’ Club, will focus on the lives, encounters, contributions and legacies of many of those involved in the history of natural history exploration around the world, from land to sea – the risks they took, the discoveries made, their contributions to science, and the ingenuity and endeavour involved in the process. It will also examine some of the complexities and controversies surrounding many centuries of natural history exploration and discovery.

Papers will include the following or related topics from any era covering any area of natural history – botany, zoology and geology:

  • Early expeditions and pioneers (whether famous, infamous or less well known)
  • Expeditions on land
  • Exploring the oceans
  • First encounters / new discoveries
  • Perilous journeys and risky encounters / retracing footsteps
  • Techniques for collecting, recording, preserving and transporting material back home
  • The role of local knowledge and development of relationships in the field
  • Long term legacies

Image: Joseph Smit portrait of The Spotted Green Pigeon (AKA The Liverpool Pigeon) Caloenas maculata, courtesy of  NML (National Museums Liverpool).


Liverpool Accommodation

There are lots of accommodation options in the City Centre. The closest hotels to the World Museum are:

A bit further away are:

  • Easyhotel, 47 Castle Street, L2 9UA
  • The Richmond, 24 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AA
  • Plus plenty of options in and around the Albert Dock
  • There are lots of self-catering and apartment type places too, mostly around the Hanover Street area.
  • See or for more options.

Liverpool gets booked up really fast, so we recommend booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment (and to get the best rates!)