Museum of Natural History Newsletter
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In this newsletter we've got information on our new exhibition: First Animals.
We've also got the latest what's on listing, more information on a new grant from National Heritage Lottery Fund to help us redisplay our British insect collections, we've got a podcast from a Museum talk on whether we can engineer our way out of climate change, we've got three new job vacancies and some great new stories from our blog. Enjoy!

New exhibition: First Animals

Our new exhibition, First Animals, has opened and will be on until 24 February.

Join us on a journey back in time 600 million years, to when the very first animals (including humans) began to develop in the world's oceans.

Trace the dramatic steps in which all the animal body plans we have today emerged. And see the unique fossil remains that reveal a burst of evolutionary activity called the Cambrian explosion, 540 million years ago.

Entry is free and unticketed.
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New grant secured to rehouse and document our British insect collection!

The Museum has secured £703,700 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to safeguard the museum’s nationally-significant British insect collections and create new public spaces.

Two new public areas will be created inside the museum. An important Pre-Raphaelite-designed space, the Westwood Room, will be restored to its original 1860 condition, featuring exquisitely painted wall borders, ceiling beams and entomological detailing. A new British insect gallery – the Ellen Hope Gallery – will look at biodiversity, habitat loss, and the value of museum collections in documenting these changes and their impacts.
Find out more

Podcast: The Great Debate, Should We Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change?

We must reduce emissions of carbon dioxide to avoid dangerous climate change, right? But can we? Is it too late? Should we focus our efforts on adapting to the coming change instead? Or should we engineer the earth system to avoid climate change?
Listen now

Would you like to be one of our Collections Assistants?

We're recruiting for THREE Collections Assistants
As part of our new NHLF grant to redisplay our British insect collection (HOPE for the Future project) we are recruiting 3 new Collections Assistants.
Grade and salary: Grade 4; £22,017 - £ 25,482 per annum
Hours: Full time (Part time min 0.6 FTE will be considered)
Contract type: 3 fixed-term posts (18 months)
Deadline: Monday 2 September; noon. Interview date: Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September 2019

Three Collections Assistants are required to work with the Hope entomological collections currently stored in the Museum’s Westwood Room. The collection spans 150+ years of British entomology and will be rehoused and moved to safeguard it for the future by the project team.
Find out more and apply

What's on: August to December

Our new what's on (till December 2019) is all uploaded and live on our site. It's another jam packed season, so get booking to secure your places!

Let's Talk About Climate

Every Saturday from 10am – 1pm between 14th September and 2nd November 2019

Aged 15 to 19? Join us in a series of interactive workshops learning about the science of climate change and thinking about how to solve the problem. Workshops are free and lunch is provided. For more information and to book places contact More info:

First Impressions Print Workshop
Saturday 21 September, 10.30am to 4.15pm

Make your own intaglio print inspired by the First Animals exhibition using an etching press. With Rahima Kenner from Oxford Printmakers co-operative. 
£35. Book here.

Taxidermy Masterclass
Saturday 14th September or 21st September; 10am to 5pm

Learn to prepare your own taxidermy specimen with professional taxidermist Derek Frampton. Specimens and all equipment provided.
£250. Book here

The Pre-Raphelites and Science
Thursday 7th November, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Professor John Holmes explains how the Museum is the perfect place to appreciate the Pre-Raphelites' scientific revolution in art.
Free, but must book.
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Updates from the Museum

Come and see our bees! 

Our bees are doing well in their hive, see this live display in the Wytham room.

Free water refills in the Museum

We know the Museum can get hot in the summer months under the glass roof. We've become part of Refill UK and can offer you free water refills so long as you bring along your own bottle to the Museum.

Swift diary

It's been a busy season for the swifts: so far this year we have a fledged total of 69 chicks. See the progress in our swift diary or monitor the live stream from our swiftcam here.

Exceptional Chinese Fossils Come to Oxford in New Partnership

China is world-famous for its unique and exceptionally preserved fossils, which range from some of the oldest animals on Earth, to spectacular feathered dinosaurs. We are therefore very excited to announce that the Museum, along with other institutions from across Europe, is a partner in a major new venture with Yunnan University in China: the International Joint Laboratory for Palaeobiology and Palaeoenvironment.
Read more on our blog
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