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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.

All seminars are held on Mondays at 1pm in Seminar Room 1. Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Organised by Laura Brassington (lb685).

Lent Term 2019

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21 January Jack Ashby (Museum of Zoology, Cambridge)
Tour of the recently re-opened University Museum of Zoology and an insider's guide to natural history museums
Meet outside the Whale Hall (main entrance of the Museum of Zoology) by 1pm
28 January Genie Yoo (Princeton University)
Advijsen, old and new: the life span of VOC natural-historical information within the Dutch East Indies
4 February Edwin Rose (HPS, Cambridge)
Printing, publishing and circulating books across Joseph Banks's empire
11 February Sebestian Kroupa (HPS, Cambridge)
Georg Joseph Kamel (1661–1706): natural knowledge in transit between the Philippines and Europe
18 February Elena Romero-Passerin (University of St Andrews)
Students, tourists and farmers: the publics of botanic gardens in the 18th century
25 February John Tweddle (Natural History Museum, London)
Building knowledge of the natural world: the historical and contemporary contributions of citizen science within the UK
4 March Anna Svensson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
The 'dye herbarium': capturing colour in botanical collections
11 March Patrick Anthony (Vanderbilt University)
Meeting nature halfway: Georg Forster, mining, and the aesthetics of artifice