Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration

‘"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

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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.

Meeting up

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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  • Sophie

    Very interesting discoveries

    April 5

  • Vlad V.

    Good times.
    Thanks Jobeda for organising this event.

    April 3

  • Jobeda A.

    And per our discussion - http://www.makerfaireuk.com/

    April 3

  • Jobeda A.

    Steve, please post some pictures!

    April 3

  • Jobeda A.

    Great night. Interesting exhibition and really good to have lots of social time before and after - sorry to hear people couldn't find us: I always email my number for those who miss us at the meeting point.

    April 3

  • Lynn C

    Really enjoyed this visit and the social aspect of last night.

    April 3

  • Lynn C

    Really enjoyed this visit and the social aspect of last night.

    April 3

  • Ian R.

    I only spotted this at the last minute. The exhibition was very good (and the building is superb!) - so, like a few others, I was wandering around without meeting any of you :-) Next time...

    April 3

  • Danson

    I got to go, sadly couldn't see or track down anyone else from the group, had a good time wondering through though. Had some excellent displays!

    April 3

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, sorry I missed this. I'll try and make another one soon.

    April 3

  • Sylvie

    I was looking forward to my first meetup but unfortunately i can't make it now :(

    April 2

  • Ankur C.

    Apologies. I will not be able to make it this evening.

    April 2

  • Alison

    Sorry Jobeda, I am unable to make this meetup now.

    April 2

  • Sophie

    Leaving work now, will meet you at 7:15

    April 2

  • Danson

    My first meet too, looking forward to it.

    April 2

  • shafeekah

    My first meet up here.Look forward to meeting you all

    April 2

  • Cai

    looking forward to it, will be at the pub dinner too, as v nearby my work

    April 2

  • crudgie

    already been !

    April 2

  • Jobeda A.

    Hello everyone, don't forget to get your £5 off voucher if you're coming for dinner.

    April 1

  • Fed

    This group has nice things to do! I will try if I have the time! :-)!

    March 28

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