In case you missed it: Jack’s talk can now be viewed here


Museums like ours contain specimens that belonged to scientific heroes such as Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, who developed the answers to the question of how species evolved. Their stories have been well told; however, they did not work alone. What’s often missing from the histories are the countless local and Indigenous experts who contributed so much to our understanding of the natural world, by collecting specimens for the likes of Darwin and Wallace.

To mark Wallace’s 200th birthday, the Museum of Zoology’s Assistant Director, Jack Ashby will share his research that tries to identify and celebrate the people who have so often been hidden in the accounts of how museum specimens were collected.


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