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Is the auto-icon wearing underwear?

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:45:18 +0000

A year or so ago a colleague drew my attention to a Jeremy Bentham related sketch by the ever excellent Horrible Histories BBC programme. Amongst the many Bentham inventions it highlights (including words such as ‘maximise’, ‘minimise’, ‘international’ and appropriately enough ‘eccentric’) was one I’d never heard of before – Jeremy Bentham invented underpants. As […]

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Specimen of the Week: Week 181

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:30:44 +0000

At the Grant Museum we have nearly 68,000 specimens – and each, in its own way, has a story to tell.  Some are historical specimens dating back to the earliest days of the Museum such as Professor Grant’s thylacine skeleton  and the popular walrus penis bone. Others tell more modern tales of use in the […]

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Specimen of the Week: Week 180

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:26:44 +0000

This week’s specimen of the week is an object that is very special to me and one of the objects featured in our current exhibition Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals. The theme of the exhibition is representations of animals centred around George Stubbs’ painting of a kangaroo, Europe’s first painting of an Australian animal […]

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