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6pm - 6:45pm, 29 August 2024, Adults

Talk: Colonial Collections - Global Biodiversity in an Irish Museum


A Green Broadbill, Calyptomena viridis Raffles, 1822. A species collected from Singapore, but now locally extinct.

Drop into The Wonder Cabinet to meet with Keeper, Paolo Viscardi, for his talk on colonial collections and global biodiversity in an Irish Museum. 

The Dead Zoo is a repository of Irish biodiversity, mapping the animal species found on the island and in the surrounding seas. But the collection also encompasses biodiversity from around the globe and reflects human histories of trade, colonisation and exploitation. Join Paolo to discover some of the stories of where collections came from, how they were acquired, and how some of them are playing an important role in understanding biodiversity in their source nations, with examples discovered during a collaborative digitisation project led by the SINGIFY team from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum in Singapore.

No booking required. This talk is located at The Wonder Cabinet. Places are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Wheelchair accessible. 

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Opening hours are extended until 8pm on Thursday evenings from the 4th July to 29th August at the NMI - Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2

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Talk: Colonial Collections - Global Biodiversity in an Irish Museum is located at:
Natural History,
Merrion Street,
Dublin 2
D02 F627

Drop into the Dead Zoo for a series of talks this summer as part of our late night openings on Thursdays.

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Merrion Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 F627

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