Oxford University Museum of Natural History Celebrates Anniversary With a Series of Events

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History celebrates its 150th anniversary 1860-2010

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History has played an important role in the development of science and culture. It was in the museum in 1860 that the celebrated debate on Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species took place between the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce and Thomas Henry Huxley. It is also where Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin worked for many years.

The museum presents internationally important entomological, geological, mineralogical and zoological collections, in all over 5.78 million specimens. They include the earliest surviving British natural history specimens, insects and other animals collected by Charles Darwin, the only surviving remains of the Dodo, the Tsetse Fly collected by David Livingstone, and the first scientifically described remains of dinosaurs.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Museum the shop is selling Oxford Museum: Deane and Woodward, reprinted by Phaidon Press, at a bargain price of £15. This narrative of the building of the Museum, accompanied by stunning photographs, is part of Trevor Garnham’s Architecture in Detail series.

Exhibition information at: www.oum.ox.ac.uk

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