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DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival

Shropshire Museums are proud to present a series of three short films which were created to celebrate the life of the evolutionary theorist, Charles Darwin as part of the 2021 DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival.

The three films are ‘Taking Stock of the World: Foundations of Shropshire Museums and Nineteenth Century Collecting’, ‘The Darker Side of Museums: Over Collecting and Perceptions’ and ‘Extinction: How Our Museum Collections Reflect Our Planet’s Changing Biodiversity’.

Each film has an accompanying ‘Fact Sheet’ that contains more information and sources for further research.


Taking stock of the World:
Foundations of Shropshire Museums and Nineteenth Century Collecting

Join Emma-Kate Lanyon and Nigel McDonald in the biology store at Shropshire Museums Collections Centre where they discuss the history and impact of collectors and collecting across Shropshire and beyond over the past 170 years.

The Darker Side of Museums:
Over Collecting and Perceptions

In the biology Store at Shropshire Museums Collection Centre, Emma-Kate Lanyon and Nigel McDonald discuss the darker side of collecting over the past 170 years. They explore the impact collecting had on the environment and the often prejudiced way objects were displayed.

Extinction:
How Our Museum Collections Reflect Our Planet’s Changing Biodiversity

In this video from the Shropshire Museums Collection Centre geology store, Emma-Kate Lanyon is joined by local ecologist, Sue Rees Evans. Together, they explore how Shropshire’s varied geology and the fantastic collections in the Centre can shed light on the story of extinctions in the region and beyond.