What’s On

New Exhibition

Worlds under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy

August 11 to 23 September

A look at the fascinating and controversial history of taxidermy.




The exhibition combines examples of taxidermy which could be considered crude in their technique, impressive displays of exotic birds, study skins and modern examples of taxidermy which capture the character of specimens with incredible accuracy.

Visitors can get a close view of a variety of fascinating specimens plus a glimpse into the taxidermist’s art through a display of materials and techniques.

Worlds under Glass aims to help viewers reflect on the subject of taxidermy and its place in our scientific, cultural and natural heritage.


Previous exhibition… 
From the Hazely Brick Earth
27 January – 29 July 2018




Upcoming Events


Wonderful Wednesdays

Magnificent Masks: Wednesday 15
Come and make a mask inspired by our temporary exhibition ‘Worlds Under Glass: Adventures in Taxidermy’

Mythical Beasts: Wednesday 22
Create your own chimera (mythical beast) using collage

Vegetarian Taxidermy: Wednesday 29
Build and keep your own taxidermy animal. Vegetarian taxidermy is taxidermy without using real animals, in other words its meat-free taxidermy

Sessions last 30 minutes and cost £1.50 per session. Tickets available to purchase in advance from the museum welcome desk.
As Vegetarian Taxidermy could be time-consuming, longer sessions are available for at a cost of £1.50 per 30 minutes. Alternatively, participants may take materials to finish their creations at home.


Open Heritage Weekend

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16
Enjoy FREE entry to the museum!

Roald Dahl Day

Saturday 15
Come dressed in yellow and take part in our phizz whizzing activities





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