Manuscripts and Special Collections

Lunchtime talks

Listen to audio recordings of the lunchtime talks that accompanied the exhibition. These talks were given by external speakers.

Audio recordings

Francis Willughby - His Life and Legacy

Dr Dorothy Johnston, co-curator of the exhibition, explores the life of Francis Willughby and his significance in the history of Middleton Hall, Warwickshire and Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire

Audio recorded 25 August 2016

Francis Willughby's European Field Trip

Professor Mark Greengrass, early-modern historian, reconstructs the excitements of Francis Willughby's journey across Europe to find out what it tells us about the lure of science in the age of the early Royal Society.

Audio recorded 6 October 2016



The Avian Tree of Life

Dr Gavin Thomas, zoologist at the University of Sheffield, explores the tree of life of birds, with particular focus on the role that natural history collections continue to play in understanding avian evolutionary history. 

Audio recorded 3 November 2016

Francis Willughby exhibition


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