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Cabinet of Natural History

This research seminar is concerned with all aspects of the history of natural history and the field and environmental sciences. The regular programme of papers and discussions takes place over lunch on Mondays. In addition, the Cabinet organises a beginning-of-year fungus hunt and occasional expeditions to sites of historical and natural historical interest, and holds an end-of-year garden party.

Seminars are held on Mondays at 1pm in Seminar Room 1. You are welcome to bring your lunch with you.

Organised by Edwin Rose (edr24).

Easter Term 2017

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1 May Jennifer M. Rampling (Princeton University)
When a stone is not a stone: doing alchemy with plants and animals
8 May Mark Wormald (Pembroke College, Cambridge)
Poetic electrons: Ted Hughes and the mayfly
15 May Christina Skott (History, Cambridge)
Clas Fredrik Hornstedt, the 'last Linnaean' in the East Indies, 1783–4
22 May Ken McNamara (Sedgwick Museum, Cambridge)
Exploring John Woodward's scientific writing in his catalogues of fossils (1728, 1729)
Tuesday 30 May Cabinet Trip to the Natural History Museum, London
We will be visiting a selection of historical collections in the Botany Department, Earth Sciences Department, Entomology Department and the Library and Archives. Due to the size of the rooms in the Museum, only a maximum of 20 participants can be accommodated. More details will follow shortly.
5 June James Delbourgo (Rutgers University)
Ten things you always wanted to know about Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum... but were afraid to ask
Friday 16 June Cabinet Garden Party, Finella, Queen's Road
Sujit Sivasundaram (History, Cambridge)
The oils of Empire and the banks of the Irrawaddy