Monday, 22 September 2008

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

A date for your diary – Sunday October 12th. Dr Monica Price, Acting Director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History is treating us to a special visit:-
- Behind the scenes visit to look at the Mineral Collections
- The Corsi collection of decorative stones
- New Fossil and rock displays opened last year
- New gemstone display
The Museum houses Oxford University's extensive world wide collection of zoology, entomology, geology and mineralogy, including the local dinosaur finds, a 40ft (9m) Tyrannosaurus rex, the observation beehive and Alice's Dodo. The building itself is one of the finest examples of the Victorian Gothic style of architecture, exhibiting a wealth of naturalist carving: the huge glass roof over the central museum court is supported by cast iron shafts, decorated with wrought iron spandrels.
This is a follow-up to Dr Price’s lecture on 'Marbles and other Decorative Stones' in April 2007 and her kind invitation to visit the museum. Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the Museum. Park and Ride recommended. Packed lunches or eat at one of the local pubs. Please note that the Pitt Rivers Museum is closed at the moment for building work.

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