Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration

Woodwardian Collection: ‘Recent Bodies’, gift from Dr John Woodward (1665–1728). From the collection of Agostino Scilla (1629–1700) © 2011. Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. Photo: Eva-Louise Fowler

It’s no secret that university museums boast collections that are just as impressive as their larger public counterparts. Save yourself the train fare to Cambridge and drop by Two Temple Place to visit Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums before the exhibition ends in April. The mammoth project explores human discovery through the ages and comprises more than a whopping five million objects from eight University of Cambridge Museums, including the , the , the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the . 

There will be all manner of artefacts and oddities to pique and hold your interest: examples include a modern Inuit sculpture, a rare dodo skeleton and a state-of-the-art digital instrument that searches for sub-atomic particles in Antarctica amongst many other curiosities. Some exhibits will be leaving Cambridge or going on display for the very first time, such as Hugh Edwin Strickland’s Chart of Bird Classification, which dates sixteen years before the publication of Darwin’s seminal The Origin of Species. As Professor Nick Thomas, curator of the show so aptly puts it: “What might be a scholarly resource to one person may for another be aesthetically arresting. It may be, simply, magical.”  

Head down to see Discoveries before the show ends on 27 April. 

, 2 Temple Place, London WC2R 3BD

Images courtesy of the University of Cambridge Museums.

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