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In this newsletter we've picked a couple of special and regular events, a Ruskin inspired art competition, a new Museum book available from our shop, some topical stories from our blog and, er, a Madonna-inspired song about bacteria… Enjoy!

Microscope on Modern Microbiology
Thursday 28th March, 6.30-8pm

Talk

Benadette Young, Danny Wilson and David Eyre show us how DNA is used to forensically track the spread of infection, detect antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis, and discover genes responsible for making some bacteria dangerous.
Free, book here.

Yuck!

Monday 15th - Wednesday 17th April, 1-4pm (half term)

Family friendly event, drop in

Nature is full of disgustingly wonderful creatures who are slimy, stinky and even bloodsucking! Find out all about them at this gruesome event. Crafts, games and specimen handling. Warning, contains dinosaur poop!

Swimming in Treacle - Moving in a Nanoworld
Thursday 25 April, 6.30-7.30pm
9.30am-4.30pm

Talk

Professor Judith Armitage talks about the unique mechanism used by bacteria to swim, and how that swimming is controlled by a mechanism requiring sensing, signalling, adaptation and memory.
Free. Book here.

Architecture tours
Every Friday (except during school holidays), 2.30pm & 3.15pm

Take a free volunteer-led tour to learn about the Museum’s Grade 1-listed building.

This is a free event, drop in. Suitable for all.

Object handling
Every Saturday, 11am-1pm

Family friendly event

On alternate weeks we look at:
  • Fossils from ancient marine reptiles and their prey
  • The ways in which bacteria are part of the living world around us
Free, drop in.
See our full events listing: www.oumnh.ox.ac.uk/events
The moment we came up with the title of our special exhibition, Bacterial World, we were all humming Madonna's 1985 hit. So here it is - a bacteria-themed version of Material Girl - written, performed and illustrated by the talented Museum team. 
Find out more about our current exhibition

BOOK: Rare & Wonderful; Treasures from Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Find out more about our new collections highlights book, now available to buy from our new online store.
View in store

Ruskin 200 Art Competition

In recognition of the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth and his artistic legacy in the Museum’s design, our Ruskin 200 Art Competition invites visitors to share their artwork inspired by the Museum building and its collections. 
Find out more

From the blog

Real or fake? Do replicas have a value of their own? Elaine Charwat is exploring this in her PhD, using the Museum’s large collection of natural history models and casts to research their role in science. Here she tells the story of the fascinating fish that caught her imagination…
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