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160th Lecture Series to celebrate the National Museum of Ireland, Natural History

Celebrate 160 years of natural history and science at the Museum


Very old image of the Giant Irish deer in the Museum

Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Natural History

A lecture series celebrating and exploring the work of 160 years of the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History. These talks will take a peek behind the scenes and look at how specimens were collected in the past, in the present, and how they will be cared for future generations to enjoy.

Please note lectures will be in the Kildare Room at the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street.

All lectures are free to attend but booking is essential. Audience: Adults. To book email educationnh@museum.ie or call 01 6486 316

 

Wednesday 4th October 1:00pm

Flies, what are they good for? A Natural History Museum, London, Case Study

Dr. Erica McAlister, Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum, London will discuss her research about flies as a case study to illustrate the studies that the Natural History Museum, London undertake with both dead and living specimens from the natural world. Flies are the nuisance species of the planet - hated, demonized and blamed for the worst of human suffering. But Erica will explore is this really the case? 

Dr. Erica Mc Alister of the Natural History Museum London
Dr. Erica McAlister. Copyright: Natural History Museum, London

 


 

Wednesday 11th October 1:00pm

Bringing the Dead Zoo to Life

For 160 years the Natural History Museum on Merrion Street, or as it's been fondly dubbed the 'Dead Zoo', has displayed the zoology collections of the National Museum of Ireland. As times change, new technologies, from LED lights to Virtual Reality headsets can help us bring the Dead Zoo to life, without losing the timeless feel of the space. Find out about some of our most recent projects from new Museum of Natural History Curator of Zoology, Paolo Viscardi.

Please note lectures will be in the Kildare Room at the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street.

 


 

Wednesday 18th October 1:00pm

Behind the Walls of the Natural History Museum

Geology has been hidden away in the Museum for more than half a century. This talk by Museum Curator of Geology Dr. Matthew Parkes, will reveal a few hidden gems of the collection, including the many and varied new collections that we acquire each year. Minerals, fossils, meteorites and rocks are all part of the geo-diversity that we treasure as a world class national and international collections. Learn too, how we are making it accessible to people in innovative ways.

Please note lectures will be in the Kildare Room at the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street.

 


 

Wednesday 25th October 1:00pm

The Natural History Museum - Past and Future

The building on Merrion Street is 160 years old this year and largely in 'original condition', which preserves a classic Victorian museum, but it is not without its challenges. Follow the story over two centuries of scientific activity with Nigel Monaghan, Keeper of Natural History and see how the museum started out and how we are planning for its future. It will remain a 'museum of a museum' but will see restoration works commence in earnest from 2019.

Please note lectures will be in the Kildare Room at the Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street.

Old image of National Museum of Ireland, Natural History