Renaissance Globe Exhibition: Museum of Natural History Exhibit

Renaissance Globe Exhibition: Museum of Natural History


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School pupils, families, and volunteers drew inspiration from the Museum’s magnificent natural history collections to create a globe exploring the theme of biodiversity. The addition of fantastic mythical sea beasts has added further adornment in Renaissance style.

Team members

Globe coordinator: Lea Kloeppinger

Volunteers: Felicity Allen, Louise Arnould, Ellie Ribeiro, Diana Taylor and Annie Thompson-Lynch

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During his famous voyages aboard H.M.S. Beagle, Charles Darwin collected evidence for his theory of evolution by studying many different species all over the world. Following his journey, secondary school students explored specimens from the Museum’s collections and wrote postcards about what Darwin might have thought when he encountered different species.

Climate and the environment vary hugely across the globe. Families learning about the survival of animals and how they are adapted to different habitats chose their favourite animal in the Museum and created a homely habitat for it. The white snowy owl proved to be a popular exhibit – well camouflaged in the Arctic, but easy to spot in a tropical rainforest!

The deep sea includes the deepest, darkest, and coldest parts of the oceans. There is much we do not know about the creatures that live down there. Scientists are now discovering more and more species as they are able to dive deeper into the ocean. The sea creatures depicted on the globe are inspired by animals in our collection and, in many cases, a vivid imagination!

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