Special Collections

Francis Willughby: Lunchtime Talks

A series of talks will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book in advance with the Box Office on 0115 846 7777

FRANCIS WILLUGHBY - HIS LIFE AND LEGACY
Thursday 25 August

Dr Dorothy Johnston, co-curator of the exhibition, explores the life of Francis Willughby and his significance in the history of Middleton Hall, Warwickshire and Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire.

FRANCIS WILLUGHBY AND THE STUDY OF BIRDS
Thursday 29 September

Professor Tim Birkhead, ornithologist and author, examines the way Francis Willughby changed how we study birds in what is effectively the most important and exciting transition in the history of ornithology.

FRANCIS WILLUGHBY’S EUROPEAN FIELD TRIP
Thursday 6 October

Professor Mark Greengrass, early-modern historian, reconstructs the excitements of Francis Willughby’s journey across Europe to find out what it tells us about the lure of science in the age of the early Royal Society.

THE AVIAN TREE OF LIFE
Thursday 3 November

Dr Gavin Thomas, zoologist at the University of Sheffield, explores the tree of life of birds with particular focus on the role that natural history collections continue to play in understanding avian evolutionary history.

Image: From Mi Lm 24. Watercolours and engravings of birds mid 17th-early 18th century.