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A Bird’s Egg: The Most perfect Thing, University of Nottingham

20.10.2016, 6:00 pm7:00 pm

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lakesidearts_logoThursday 20 October, 6-7pm, Djanogly Theatre Lakeside
Tim Birkhead, FRS, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, Sheffield University, is the editor of Virtuoso by Nature: The Scientific Worlds of Francis Willughby FRS (1635–1672) (2016), and has collaborated on the exhibition ‘Francis Willughby: A Natural Historian and his Collections’.

Birds’ eggs are beautiful, and their design is a testament to the power of natural selection. In the words of one nineteenth-century ornithologist, a bird’s egg is ‘the most perfect thing’. This is the story of the biology of birds’ eggs, but also the story of those that have studied and collected eggs, including the naturalist Francis Willughby.

From 19 August until 4 December Manuscripts and Special Collections is holding an exhibition on Francis Willughby, the local natural historian. Francis Willughby (1635-72): A Natural Historian And His Collections will run at the Weston Gallery, Nottingham Lakeside Arts. More details can be found here:

There are 6 talks connected to the exhibition. All of these are free and are being held in the Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside:


6:00 pm–7:00 pm
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University of Nottingham – Manuscripts and Special Collections
0115 951 4565
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University of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
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0115 846 7777
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