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Birds, Beasts and Flowers

THIS EXHIBITION TOOK PLACE IN 2007 From printed and manuscript sources held by Manuscripts and Special Collections, this exhibition will explore some of the historical aspects of man’s relationship with the natural world. Travels abroad by explorers such as Captain Cook revealed the rich flora and fauna of foreign countries and stimulated study and collecting at home. Scientists such as Linnaeus, Cuvier and Darwin sought to interpret and explain the natural world, while agricultural reformers concentrated on the more practical benefits of cultivating and husbanding nature for food and clothing. In the 19th century “bug-hunting” and botany became popular leisure pastimes for everyone from clergymen and middle-class ladies to working men. This passion for natural history can be seen in private collections, the numerous books and games of instruction for children, and in treatises on every aspect of nature, from ferns to butterflies. Lunchtime talks 1pm-2pm Admission free Performing Arts Workshop A series of lunchtime talks will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777 Wednesday 9th January 2008 The legacy of Francis Willughby, (1635-1672) In this talk, Dorothy Johnston (Manuscripts and Special Collections) will introduce the collections left by Francis Willughby of Wollaton Hall, natural historian and original member of the Royal Society. Wednesday 20th February 2008 The Wildlife of Wollaton Park Dr Sheila Wright, Keeper of Biology at Nottingham Natural History Museum at Wollaton Hall will talk about the fascinating wildlife that inhabits the park.