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“Water Shrews” painted by Edward Lear

 by Robert McCraken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts and Senior Fellow of  the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19103.   “Water shrews” by Edward Lear (1812–1888). Courtesy of Guy Peppiatt.     Although Edward Lear (1812–1888) is best remembered today for his humorous limericks and nonsense poetry, he made his […]

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Mark Catesby: A New Memorial Window in London, UK

by E. Charles Nelson, VMM FLS, Senior Research Director, The Catesby Centre, The University of South Carolina; Associate Editor, Archives of Natural History of Society for the History of Natural History Mark Catesby (1683-1749), famous for his magnificent publication The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (1729-1747) is 337 years old today […]

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The 1905 ascent of Mount Tahan (Malaysia) and fate of the bird collection

  Was the Federated Malay States Museums expedition the first to reach the summit of Mount Tahan, the highest peak in Peninsular Malaysia? And what happened to the expeditions’ bird collection? By John-James Wilson, Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool Intrepid explorer, Isabella Lucy Bird, traversed the western coast of the Malay […]

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Celebrating Women & their contributions to Natural History published in “Archives of Natural History”

March 2019 celebrates women in natural history with the aim of increasing awareness of, and information about, women in the biodiversity sciences. #HerNaturalHistory month has seen the sharing of stories, collections, publications, artworks, archival materials, exhibits, and other resources highlighting women and their contributions to natural history. For more information see Her Natural History: A […]

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A Geologist’s view of “John Ruskin: The Power of Seeing”

A free exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, 26 Jan – 22 April, celebrating the cultural and social heritage of the Victorian polymath John Ruskin (1819–1900). To mark the bicentenary of his birth, a new exhibition produced by Two Temple Place, Museums Sheffield and the Guild of St George, celebrates the legacy and enduring relevance […]

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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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Making Nature: How we see animals

Wellcome Trust, London, UK Exhibition 1 December 2016 – 21 May 2017 The Wellcome Trust’s thought-provoking exhibition Making Nature invites the visitor to reflect upon the ways in which culture and knowledge affect the way in which we understand animals and the natural world. It brings together over 100 fascinating objects from literature, film, taxidermy […]

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Darwin, l’original exhibition at the Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

The Paris Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, in collaboration with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, is hosting the exhibition Darwin, l’original [Darwin, the original] until 31 July 2016. The exhibition is the result of two years of work by Commissioner Eric Lapie. It focuses on Charles Darwin’s life and highlights the extraordinary personal characteristics […]

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