‘"Discoveries" spans archaeology, anthropology, zoology, science and art - and includes artefacts that go back millennia... It sets out to explore the nature of discovery in every sense of the word, each artefact chosen for its ability to instil a sense of wonder.’ Time Out - 28 January 2014
Copernicus, James Nasmyth, mid-19th Century. Black and white chalk on paper.
© The Fitzwilliam Museum
Dodo Skeleton - composite, bones found in Mauritius around 1870. © Museum of Zoology
Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums, an exhibition exploring human discovery in all its forms, selected from more than five million objects at eight University of Cambridge Museums.
Several exhibits will be leaving Cambridge or going on public display for the first time, for instance Hugh Edwin Strickland’s Chart of Bird Classification, dating some 16 years before the publication of The Origin of Species. The chart had been stored rolled up for many years before its recent conservation and mounting and has never before been on public display. Elsewhere, Cambridge’s position at the forefront of scientific discovery is highlighted in the Museum of Zoology’s exhibits at Discoveries including the actual butterflies used by Reginald Punnett in one of the colour plates of his book Mimicry in Butterflies which helped pave the way for modern genetics.
More info: http://www.twotempleplace.org
Booking and cost
No need to book, just turn up. Exhibition is free.
6pm - Pub Dinner at:
Devereux, 20 Devereux Court, Temple, London, WC2R 3JJ
Dinner will be about a tenner, but click here on pub website to get a £5 off voucher.
7.15pm - Meet at Two Temple Place.
If you want to eat, please try to arrive as close to 6pm as possible, as the group and event Host will have to leave the pub at 7.10pm.
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