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Society for the History of Natural History


Upcoming events

CALL FOR PAPERS on ‘The Palette of Nature’: SHNH International Summer Meeting, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Thursday 13th June 2024, with visits on Friday 14th June

June 13, 2024 09:15am - 05:15pm

‘The Palette of Nature’ This one-day international meeting will explore the use and importance of colour within the history of natural history. For centuries, the colours of the natural world have enticed and enthralled observers and led them to develop various means by which to convey this aspect of nature. The aesthetic appeal of certain […]

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SHNH visit to the University Herbarium at Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham, Friday 19 April from 11.00 am

April 19, 2024 11:00am - 01:30pm

Restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour, Winterbourne House is a unique heritage attraction – set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens. Only minutes from Birmingham city centre, Winterbourne is a hidden gem – home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. Wander along the woodland walk, stroll […]

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‘Painting animals in 18th-century Saint-Domingue (now Haiti)’ by Professor Victoria Dickenson, McGill Library and Collections, online 17 April 2024 19:00-20:00 BST

April 17, 2024 07:00pm - 08:00pm

Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was the richest colony in the French Empire in the 18th century. Columbus visited the island of Hispaniola in 1492 and described great flocks of parrots darkening the skies. By the time the French engineer René Gabriel de Rabié (1717-85) arrived in 1742, the environment had been impacted by the intensive agriculture […]

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