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Lunchtime Lecture: Spotting Mermaids - from William Clift to Sir Henry Wellcome and Beyond

Join us for a Lunchtime Lecture as Ross McFarlane explores the history of collecting 'mermaids'.

With over fifty years’ connection with the collections of John Hunter, naturalist William Clift (1775–1849) is one of the most important figures in the history of the Hunterian Museum.

Ross McFarlane will investigate Clift's analysis in 1822 of a mermaid on display in a Coffee House in London – and from there chart a journey from the shows of PT Barnum to the collections of Sir Henry Wellcome, in a search for these mysterious creatures.

Lectures last approximately 45 mins plus time for questions.

Live speech-to-text for deaf and hard of hearing visitors delivered by STAGETEXT.

£4 (Booking essential on 020 7869 6568)


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Date and Time:

24 September 2013 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Hunterian Museum, London
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
020 7869 6560

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