Two Temple Place

An exhibition in London starting at the end of January is bringing together objects and exhibits from all eight museums of the University of Cambridge (The Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Zoology, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and The Polar Museum – phew! – see their collective webpage here).


Objects on display will include Charles Darwin’s recently discovered Tinamou Egg (accidentally cracked by Darwin himself), a dodo skeleton, and a range of art works from the first millennium BC to the present day.The exhibition – entitled Discoveries – will be held at Two Temple Place, formerly the town house of William Waldorf Astor on the Embankment, built in 1895 in an extraordinary Early Elizabethan style, and worth a visit in its own right.

Two Temple Place - photo Colin Smith

Two Temple Place – photo Colin Smith

Discoveries will explore the theme of, um, discovery. In the words of curator, Professor Nick Thomas of the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology:

“I am delighted that these awe-inspiring objects — fragments of enormous human endeavour and effort — can be seen at Two Temple Place in London. Many are leaving Cambridge for the first time and together they present a microcosm of the limitless notion of discovery through time. They represent man’s quest to find his place within the world (and far beyond), and also his triumphs, frustrations and wrong turns.”

The exhibition will run from Friday 31st January to Sunday 27th April. Admission is free. For more detail, see here.


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