The ‘Bear’ Necessities!

These three teeth tell us a lot of information about the lifestyle and habitats these bears lived through. The tooth on the left is from a Cave Bear (Ursus Spelaeus). This bear was aptly named due to its fossilised remains being found primarily in caves. This bear represents one of the most frequently found remains... Continue Reading →

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George Fussey, Curator, Eton College Natural History Museum Who are you and what do you do? George Fussey, Curator of Eton’s Natural History Museum. What is your favourite part of the job? Outreach in all its many aspects: a museum without people in it is just a collection. What is your favourite piece of Eton... Continue Reading →

Joseph Banks and the Florilegium

The Expedition of the Pacific Ocean on the HMS Endeavour Voyage 1768-1771 Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) compiled a small team of people to help him collect and beautifully record botanical samples from around the world under the explorer Captain James Cook on his ship, the Endeavour.   Banksia serrata The Florilegium is a collection of... Continue Reading →

Hippos in the Thames

Now, have you ever seen a Hippo roaming around the UK? Maybe in a zoo perhaps? Well about 130,000 years ago, seeing a Hippo roaming around where your local pond is would have been a common sight to see! The hippopotamus, with the scientific name of Hippopotamus Amphibius, resides in freshwater lakes. These amphibious animals... Continue Reading →

Triumphal arch, that fill’st the sky

The Clap for our Carers tribute takes place at 8pm every Thursday, encouraging everyone in the UK to applaud the NHS and all key workers from their doorsteps, windows or balconies. People have also been showing their support by sharing rainbows in inventive displays in windows, gardens and more. We've been chasing rainbows across the collections as... Continue Reading →

Easter Egg Hunt!

I once had to disappoint a very excited young Etonian who came into the Museum asking me where the four-foot duck was on display.  He had misheard one of his peers, of course: we don’t have a duck which is 1.2m tall!  But one of the most iconic specimens in Eton’s Natural History Museum, and... Continue Reading →

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