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Not to miss this month…

Whether you are looking for a day out with the family or a night out with friends, we have you covered! The sun is starting to set early, but the lights will still be on at the Museum.

This month we have cornucopia of events from our Smorgasbord Games Night, Creepy Crawly Comedy and even our family friendly Super Science Saturday. Whatever you are after, we will have something to whet your appetite.

Our current Meat The Future exhibition has been extended and will be at the Museum until 8 May 2022. This exhibition was created in collaboration with the University's LEAP Project (Livestock, Environment and People) and explores the health, environmental, social and economic impacts of meat and dairy production and consumption.

Wednesday 10 November 7:30-8:30PM
Online

Why is 2 degrees of warming so significant, and what are the consequences for the planet, environment, and human society if we fail to keep climate change below this threshold?

Friday 12 November 7-10PM
In-Person, £10

We've teamed up with Jericho Comedy for our 5th collaboration, this time for a special stand-up show entirely focussed on insects, arachnids, and creepy crawlies! Drinks will be available for purchase from our pop-up bar.

Tuesday 16 November 7:30-8:30PM
Online and In-Person


The foods available, supermarket layout, costs – our food choices can be influenced by sellers in several – more and less obvious – ways. Can we use what we know of how this works to encourage more sustainable shopping?
Saturday 20 November 7-10PM
 In-Person, £7.50

Play a host of food, agriculture and climate themed games under the dinosaurs with expert help from the researchers involved with the exhibition. Refreshments will be available at the bar throughout the evening

Saturday 27 November 12-4PM
In-Person


Join us at this family science fair to meet researchers and community organisations to learn more about what scientists are discovering about the environment. Find out how our lifestyle and choices can affect the planet and the things that live on it.
All Museum Events

Each November, the Museum calls out to all 14 to16 year olds with an interest in nature and science. This is when we form a new Natural History Investigator group. Our new team of Natural History Investigators will meet in the museum each Saturday for ten weeks from 8 January until 12 March 2022.

Each Saturday we will choose a different theme for hands-on activities, such as bird flight, human evolution and colour and camouflage. During each two-hour session participants explore the museum’s collection and devise and carry out their own practical investigations. The sessions are led by museum experts and research students but respond to the interests and questions of the participants.  

If you would like to become a Natural History Investigator or would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at education@oum.ox.ac.uk before 19 December 2021.

HOPE for the Future 'Heritage, Outreach and Preservation of Entomology' is our ambitious project focusing on the intertwined heritage of our British Insect Collection and Westwood Room – originally called ‘Mr Hope’s Museum’ after Frederick William Hope, a founding collector of this Museum in the 1840s. Hope’s museum within a museum became a favourite meeting place for naturalists: Charles Darwin called Hope ‘my father in entomology’.

The Collection spans almost the entire history of British entomology, representing extensive information on biodiversity and documenting changes during and after the Industrial Revolution. Collections such as these are vital in understanding the extent of species loss and ecology damage and raising awareness of the impact of the climate and biodiversity crises.

Through HOPE, thanks to Lottery Players and the National Lottery Heritage Find, there is something for everyone to discover more about insects and how to better protect the natural heritage on your doorstep. From our online learning resources to our 'Crunchy on the Outside' blog; from family friendly Super Science Saturday to adult laughs at Creepy Crawly Comedy, you can find out more about our six legg'd friends virtually and in person.

A publication based on geological maps from our collections, titled 'Strata: William Smith's Geological Maps' has been awarded The Alice Prize for 2021. The Alice Prize is awarded for outstanding illustrations. This beautiful tome is available for purchase in our gift shop, and would make a perfect Christmas present!

Some of our researchers also published new scientific articles over the last month, some highlights from this being: Elaine Charwat's paper on historic wax models of parasites, and Neil Adam's paper describing the oldest known hippopotamus fossil from Britain!
This month COP26 is taking place in Glasgow. Politicians and activists are all flocking to Scotland to discuss the on-going climate crisis and what global leaders can do to mitigate climate change.

At the Museum we’ve been highlighting the role of animal agriculture in expediting climate change through our current exhibition, Meat The Future. We’ll continue discussions relating to climate change and its drivers on our social media and at our events this month.

Follow the discussions along on our Facebook Page, Instagram or Twitter.
Don't forget that the Museum is available for private hire. Our events team can help you host conferences, dinners and more in our impressive array of spaces. More information on venue hire click here.
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