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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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A History and Philosophy of Monsters: Part of the History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects Lecture Series, University of Leeds

By Matthew Holmes On the 16th February, the ‘History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects’ lecture series held its second event, featuring monsters. PhD student Laura Sellers introduced a large audience to a member of the Museum of HPS’s wet specimen collection: a two-headed shark (spiny dogfish, or Squalus acanthias). The spiny dogfish is […]

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Strange Creatures, UCL Grant Museum of Zoology

Strange Creatures, UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, 16 March-27 June 2015, Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm. Curated by Jack Ashby. The exhibition Strange Creatures at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology looks at the value of images in the building of knowledge of unknown creatures. Its starting point is a painting of The Kongouro from New Holland by […]

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Cotton to Gold exhibition: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West was the fourth exhibition in the hugely successful Winter Exhibition Programme at Two Temple Place, London (January – April 2015). The exhibition profiled a selection of successful 19th century industrialists and philanthropists who made their fortunes in the cotton industry and showcased the collections they […]

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