Worlds Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy

Saffron Walden Museum

11 August – 23 September 2018

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The controversial history of taxidermy is explored through the Museum’s extensive Natural History collection.

A collection of hummingbirds from South America mounted under a glass dome, or shade. Collected during the 19th century.

Taxidermy has held a mirror up to our relationship with the natural world for hundreds of years. From science to fashion, it has been part of our culture and loved or loathed by people for generations.

This exhibition aims to explore this fascinating relationship and includes many pieces not usually on public display.

It will combine examples of taxidermy which could be considered crude in their technique, with impressive displays of exotic birds, study skins, and modern examples which capture the character of specimens with incredible accuracy.

There is also a glimpse into the taxidermist’s art through a display of materials and techniques.

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Opening times

1 Mar – 31 Oct Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun and Banks Hols (including Bank Hol Mondays), 2pm – 5pm 1 Nov – 28 Feb Tue – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm Sun and Banks Hols (including Bank Hol Mondays), 2pm – 4.30pm Closed Mondays (excluding Bank Holiday Mondays) and 24 – 25 Dec

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