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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

We may have closed our doors, but we welcome you into our lively digital community where you’ll find lots to enjoy online. Browse our website and follow our social media channels to stay connected.  

Throughout 2021, the Museum's adult programme will focus on the biodiversity and climate crises, with informative talks from cutting-edge researchers, exhibitions, debates, and stress-soothing social occasions that reflect on the health of the planet in a pivotal year.

Online event: Drawn to Nature; Nautilus

3 February, 8pm

Join Museum Collection Manager, Mark Carnall, to hear about the natural history and conservation status of some of the world’s most enigmatic ocean dwellers, the nautiloids, before taking a chance to draw your own using the Museum’s specimens as inspiration with Q+A’s in this online, interactive science and art workshop. Make sure to have your art materials to hand!

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Online event: The Metabolism of Planet Earth

17 February, 8pm

"In this lecture, I examine human influence on the natural world through the concept of metabolism: how much energy flows through human societies compared to how much flows through the biosphere. We first look at the biological metabolism of the planet, how it is measured and how it is distributed over the Earth."

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Online event: Drawn to Nature; Insects

24 February, 8pm

Join Museum Collection Manager, Zoe Simmons, to hear about the natural history and conservation status of some of the planet’s most varied and important creatures, the insects, before taking a chance to draw your own using the Museum’s specimens as inspiration with Q+A’s in this online, interactive science and art workshop. Make sure to have your art materials to hand!

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Online event: Wildlife, Warriors & Women

8 March, 8pm

Join us in celebration of International Women’s Day for this interactive talk and Q+A event to hear Dr. Amy Dickman reflect on the essential, driving role that women have played in the conservation of lions and other large carnivores both in communities across Africa and within the dedicated group of female scientists that make up ‘The Pride Alliance’.  
 

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'STRATA', a book about geologist William Smith, now available

Thames & Hudson publishers has recently launched 'STRATA', featuring the work of William Smith. It is described as, a "definitive and accessible reference showcases the revolutionary work of William Smith, son of a blacksmith and ‘father of English geology’".
 

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