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Visit to Eton College Natural History Museum CANCELLED

Visit to Eton College Natural History Museum CANCELLED

April 30, 2015 02:15pm - 04:00pmEton College Natural History Museum, South Meadow Lane, Eton, Berkshire, SL4 6EW

SHNH members and guests are invited to join a group visit to Eton College Natural History Museum on Thursday 30 April from 14.15- 16.00.

George Fussey, the Curator, will give an introductory talk, after which everyone will be free to look at the collections. There are plenty of places afterwards in the neighbourhood which can provide afternoon tea.

There will be no charge and participants must make their own way to the Museum, to arrive just after 14.00. The Museum is happy to have donations to support the collections.

The museum was opened in 1875 to house the Thackeray Collection of British Birds and other collections and has been located in its present site since 1895. It is Berkshire’s only dedicated natural history museum and houses over 15,000 specimens, donated from the nineteenth century onwards.

Initially, the museum belonged to Eton College Natural History Society and was actively curated by boys. From 1994 to 2000 the displays were extensively refurbished and reorganised and are now used extensively for teaching biology and geology as well as being open to the public and visited by numerous outside groups. The 77 public displays, on two floors, comprise the following:

  •  History of the museum and of the Natural History Society
  • The Endeavour voyage made by the Etonian Sir Joseph Banks, including a full-scale model of his cabin. Near the museum is a garden planted with species which have a connection with Joseph Banks
  • Other famous Etonian biologists, naturalists and explorers: T.H. Huxley, Constantine Phipps, Thomas Jenkinson Woodward and J.B.S. Haldane
  • The classification of life
  • Ecology
  • The work of Charles Darwin
  • Evolution and the history of life on earth
  • Animal behaviour, Genetics & Biogeography

The remaining collections of insects (mainly butterflies and moths), the William Hincks Herbarium, fossils and birds’ eggs are accessible to scholars on application to the Curator.

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The Museum is an accredited learning destination for Slough Children’s University and an outreach partner with the Clewer Cluster of Schools, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Download Eton NHM leaflet here.

The Natural History Museum is in South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW For additional information and instructions on how to get there please see:

If you wish to come please notify the Meetings Secretary, Gina Douglas by e-mail ( or by post to 23 Jeffreys Road, London SW4 6QU