Oxford Dodo set to tour the country

  • Published 5 June 2015

To celebrate their Museum of the Year nomination, Oxford University Museum of Natural History is sending its iconic dodo from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

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Oxford Dodo


Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The romance of the road trip has inspired countless artists and dreamers over the past century, from Jack Kerouac to Thelma and Louise. And now, the Oxford Dodo – the best-preserved dodo in the world is the latest icon to hit the road. To mark Oxford University Museum of Natural History's nomination for Museum of the Year, the star specimen of their collection will be embarking on a cultural tour. Beginning at Land’s End on 8 June, the Dodo will visit museums and galleries as it travels the full length of Britain in just one week.

The Dodo will meet with star objects of other museum and galleries on its trip. 'Getting out on the road to visit museums and galleries far and wide seemed like a great way to talk about the huge breadth of collections that we have in the UK, both in natural history and well beyond,’ says Museum of Natural History director, Paul Smith. ‘The Dodo Roadshow is a chance for some people to meet the iconic Oxford Dodo, and for the Dodo – and us – to meet equally important objects in other museum collections.’

The Dodo Roadshow schedule is as follow, although it is subject to change:

Monday 8 June – Land's End Visitor Centre; National Maritime Museum Cornwall; Royal Cornwall Museum; Eden Project; Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Tuesday 9 June RAMM; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Wednesday 10 June – National Museum Wales; Black Country Living Museum; Compton Verney

Thursday 11 June Derby Museum and Art Gallery; Dunham Massey (tbc); the Whitworth (tbc)

Friday 12 June Yorkshire Sculpture Park; Dove Cottage

Saturday 13 June Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery; Robert Burns Birthplace Museum; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (tbc)

Sunday 14 June The Hunterian, Glasgow; Perth Museum and Art Gallery; RSPB Loch Garten

Monday 15 June – Ullapool Museum & Visitor Centre; Information Centre, John O'Groats

You can follow the Dodo on Twitter or through #dodoroadshow. Alternatively follow the roadshow via the museum’s blog.

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