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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).

Michaelmas Term 2018

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8 October Spike Bucklow (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
The long-lost Paston Collection
15 October Emma Spary (History, Cambridge)
Putting the pieces together: Canadian ginseng and botanical expertise in the French Regency
22 October Annual Fungus Hunt
29 October Justin Rivest (History, Cambridge)
Elite paternalism and exotic drug demand in early modern France: the case of the Marquis de Louvois and quinquina, circa 1685
5 November Martha Homfray-Cooper (History, Cambridge)
The Curious Martin Folkes (1690–1754): sociability and collecting in the mid-18th century
12 November Marie de Rugy (History, Cambridge)
Mountains, rivers and forests: the colonial mapping of southeast Asia, between observation and vernacular cartography in the 19th century
19 November Oscar Kent-Egan (HPS, Cambridge)
Isaac Van Amburgh the lion tamer: spectacle, education and natural history in Britain, 1825–1872
26 November Margot Lyautey (EHESS, Paris/Tübingen)
Plant protection in France and Germany from the 1930s to the 1950s: the case of the Colorado potato beetle