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Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions: Biosciences Collections

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Biosciences Collections

Durham University’s Museums, Galleries and Exhibitions team are responsible for the care and management of the Department of Biological Sciences’ small but significant collections of natural specimens. The collections are available to students and researchers and includes mammalian skeletal material, trophy head taxidermy, zoological taxidermy, birds’ eggs, a spirit collection and plant and seed material.    

Of particular significance is the Whitehead collection, which focuses upon the family of cervidae. Formed by the naturalist, deer stalker and author G. Kenneth Whitehead (1913-2004), the biological specimens are supplemented by an important associated archive and library managed by the University’s Archives and Special Collections team and housed at Palace Green Library. 


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