Thursday 17 November, 6 – 7pm, Djanogly Theatre Lakeside. Willughby’s work on insects – which were his particular interest – depended on his observation of the appearance and behaviour of specimens that he collected. Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665) showed his contemporaries how the microscope could reveal the complexity of an insect, but the revelations of the electron microscope lay far in the future.
Tom Hartman demonstrates how this technology has transformed scientific understanding of the insect world, drawing on his work in the University of Nottingham’s School of Life Sciences and on its Zoology collection.
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: