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Weekly Roundup of Curiosities

  • #1 Curator Andrea Hart provides an audio slideshow of Rare Treasures. Which brings together some of the Museum’s most highly prized works of natural history literature, chosen for their scientific and artistic merit.
  • #2 New York Times article on the critical role natural history museums play in conversation.
  • #3 Look inside the storage archives at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History
  • #4 750 field-notes from @FieldBookProj released on The Biodiversity Library – explore scientists’ records from the field.
  • #5  cultural events on Twitter:  track #MuseumWeek to review the first worldwide cultural event dedicated to revealing the museum’s best kept secrets; follow @ObjectsFocus for updates on a series of workshops bringing together scholars across the arts and humanities to reflect on interdisciplinary research using visual material; track #bsls2016 to recap on the The British Society for Literature and Science Conference 2016.
  • #6 Twitter account of the week @StrangeAnimals Posting photos of amazing species and highlighting the wonders of evolution & the incredible diversity of life.

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Published by Rosalind White

I am a first-year PhD student at Royal Holloway looking at gender & emotions in the science & literature of the nineteenth-century. My research looks at how natural history in many ways dwelt within the feminine sphere of Victorian culture. And charts a more intimate, personal exploration of natural history that examines the lives of its practitioners beyond the impact of conventional watersheds.

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