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New Publication: Naturalists in the Field Collecting, Recording and Preserving the Natural World from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Editor: Arthur MacGregor Interposed between the natural world in all its diversity and the edited form in which we encounter it in literature, imagery and the museum, lie the multiple practices of the naturalists in selecting, recording and preserving the specimens from which our world view is to be reconstituted. The factors that weigh at […]

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Registration open: Bon Voyage? 250 years exploring the natural world

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) Booking Form Programme Abstracts 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. A pivotal moment in the history […]

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Exhibition: Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World

We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. The exhibition begins with The Library for the Birds of London (2018), a new commission continuing a series of aviaries Dion has created since 1993. The roomy sanctuary is a temporary home to 22 zebra finches, which are well-known […]

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CfP Bon Voyage? 250 Years Exploring the Natural World

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) 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 […]

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Exhibition “The Museum of Ordinary Animals

However, this exhibition puts these everyday species front and centre. It investigates some of the profound impacts they have had on humanity and the natural world, where they came from, and the extraordinary things we have learned from them. We have invited them into our homes as pets; their role in our diets has changed […]

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SHNH announces its medal winners Edward C. Dickinson and Tom Kennett

SHNH Council is delighted to announce the medal winners for the Founders Medal and the John Thackray Medal for 2017. SHNH FOUNDERS’ MEDAL The SHNH Founders’ Medal 2017 has been awarded to Edward C. Dickinson for his substantial contribution to the study of the history and bibliography of natural history. In receiving the award Edward […]

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