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New exhibition at Saffron Walden Museum

From its crude beginnings in Wonderkammer to use in scientific discovery, the controversial history of taxidermy is the subject of a new exhibition which opened at Saffron Walden Museum on Saturday (August 11).

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Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy

For hundreds of years taxidermy has held a mirror up to our relationship with the natural world. From science to fashion, it has been part of our culture for hundreds of years. The Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermyexhibition aims to explore this fascinating relationship through the display of the museum's impressive Natural History collection, including many pieces not usually on public display.

The exhibition combines examples of taxidermy which could be considered crude in their technique, impressive displays of exotic birds, study skins and modern examples of taxidermy which capture the character of specimens with incredible accuracy.

Visitors can get a close view of a variety of fascinating specimens plus a glimpse into the taxidermist's art through a display of materials and techniques.

Charlotte Pratt, the museum's Learning and Outreach Officer and exhibition curator, said: "Worlds under Glass aims to help viewers reflect on the subject of taxidermy and its place in our scientific, cultural and natural heritage.

"Our special thanks go to taxidermist Derek Frampton who kindly allowed us to film him working in his studio, photograph his tools and equipment and lend us a selection of glass eyes for display. There are examples of Derek's work in the museum's collections and displays."

Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermyis open until 23 September 2018 during the museum's opening hours, which are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm (closing at 4.30pm from November to February).

For more information visit the website, www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org or call 01799 510333.

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14 August 2018