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Plants, People and Places in the 18th Century: A talk for the curious and interested

Down County Museum, English Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6AH
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In this free talk, Dr Victoria Pickering will introduce the botanical objects displayed in Down County Museum as part of the new British Museum Touring Exhibition, 'For the Curious and Interested'. These 'Vegetable Substances' form part of a much larger botanic collection held at the Natural History Museum. These specimens came from across the world by a huge variety of people with all sorts of knowledge associated with them. The boxes found in this exhibition highlight the extensive stories that can be told with a single object, and this talk with expand to consider all 12,523 'Vegetable Substances' specimens.

Dr Victoria Pickering is a Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London where she is working as part of the Sloane Lab (an AHRC Towards a National Collection project). Victoria's work has centred on the collection, description, management, and use of natural history objects in the eighteenth century. Currently, her research involves digital and participatory approaches to understanding and connecting plant specimens at the NHM.

The talk is free, and booking ahead is advised. Please contact or call +44 (0) 33 0137 4252.

The exhibition, 'For the curious and interested' is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4.30pm.

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Entrance to Down County Museum, DownpatrickDown County Museum, DownpatrickDown County Museum is located in the old county Gaol of Down. It houses fascinating exhibitions on the history of Down as well as restored cells with life-size figures of prisoners and their gaolers.

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