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Mermaids uncovered!

Join Paolo Viscardi and Ross MacFarlane for an evening exploring the history, cultural context and scientific probing of mermaids.

Join Paolo Viscardi (Horniman Museum) and Ross MacFarlane (Wellcome Library) for an evening exploring the history, cultural context and scientific probing of mermaids.

The evening will be structured around mermaid specimens collected by Henry Wellcome, with details of recent research into their construction and provenance carried out at the Horniman and Buxton Museums. Paolo and Ross will lead you on a journey spanning thousands of years and half the planet, touching on the origins and evolution of mermaids and the fakery, misidentification and publicity that has shaped our understanding of these fascinating, if fishy, fabrications.

Each evening begins with the Fortmanteau, our monthly summary of strange news stories


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Date and Time:

31 May 2012 at 8:00 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



London Fortean Society
Middlesex Street
E1 7EX
0795 201 2487

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Upstairs at The Bell pub, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX

Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East stations

7.30 start. £3/£2 concessions

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