In the past, a close connection with the natural world meant that animals played an important part in many cultures. From this, a rich body of stories, myths, legends, and language was born. Unfortunately, this information often isn’t recorded alongside scientific information in natural science collections. The Lost Language of Nature project aimed to change that.
The project began after finding many of our taxidermy specimens needed conservation. As we investigated the object records, we noticed gaps in the information we held. The Lost language of Nature was born with an aim to re-engage the public with the lost words and stories of wildlife through research, storytelling, and the physical conservation work. We hope we can also start to correct the lack of input and knowledge from cultures that represent the source communities of items collected outside the UK, as well as find some of the lost language of specimens from the UK, such as folk names for common birds.
This exhibition marks the midway point of the project. You can see many of the birds we have conserved, alongside the words and stories we have uncovered so far as well as seeing some live taxidermy conservation. Theres is still time to join in and help us recover and record the Lost Language of Nature.