Join us for two fascinating talks about the much misunderstood art of Taxidermy.
A BLOODY BUSINESS – TAXIDERMY IN MUSEUMS BY CURATOR SIMON LAWTON
Using items from the museum’s extensive Natural History collection, Curator, Simon Lawton will be revealing the fascinating history of taxidermy in museums from collecting to displays and from preservation to pests (woolly bears, not as cute as they sound). To say that a taxidermist stuffs animals is misleading. In fact, the skin is removed, preserved and arranged around a model of the original body called a ‘form’.
TAXIDERMY TODAY BY BECKY DICK OF TAXTILES
Dispelling all the myths about her profession, Becky Dick, a taxidermist based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, will be telling you all you need to know about this much-misunderstood art, and how she goes about creating her taxidermy modern classics. All of Becky’s taxidermy specimens are ethically sourced and are either road-kill or euthanized wildlife from the vets, RSPCA and WWT Slimbridge, and which couldn’t be saved due to injuries and illness. No mammals or birds are killed when making her pieces of taxidermy.
11am to 11.45am (A Bloody Business)
Break for refreshments
12pm to 12.45pm (Taxidermy Today
Old Baptist Chapel,
Old Baptist Chapel Court,
Adult: £6.00, Seniors & Students £4.50, Children £2.00
(Tickets include admission to the John Moore Museum & the Old Baptist Chapel)