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One of the ways the BRLSI utilises its Museum Collection is through themed exhibitions. These are usually held in our Jenyns Room gallery space, and admission is free. On these pages you will find a selection of our former exhibitions reproduced using digital images of our objects and the label and panel text which accompanied them.
The first exhibition to be added to these pages is Crimean Relics, an exhibition held in 2012. More will be added.
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Battlefield relics from the Siege of Sevastopol, contemporary weapons, and satirical cartoons from Punch magazine are used to explore the political, religious, industrial, culinary, and medicinal aspects of this conflict.
This exhibition was originally displayed in the Jenyns Room at BRLSI, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, from 1 September – 27 October 2012. Many of the objects featured were originally collected from the battlefields of the Crimea by Thomas Egerton Hale (1832-1909) who was commissioned as Assistant Surgeon with the 7th Regiment of Foot (Royal Fusiliers) in 1854. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery at Sevastopol.
The story of Charles Darwin’s fish, from a collecting net in South America to a ‘fishy problem’ in Cambridge.
Through pickling jars, letters, and clergymen naturalists, we trace the link from the ‘Beagle’ to Bath.
Mr. Darwin’s Fishes was displayed in the Jenyns room in 2009 as part of BRLSI’s very successful Darwin and Beyond programme, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (24 November 1859) and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth (12 February 1809). Leonard Jenyns, who later in his life settled in Bath and was intimately connected with BRLSI, was invited to undertake the voyage aboard HMS Beagle prior to Charles Darwin. Jenyns reluctantly refused the opportunity and the rest is history! Darwin collected numerous fish specimens on his voyage aboard HMS Beagle and on his return they were described by his lifelong friend, Jenyns.
The exhibition, held at the BRLSI 3rd-17th May 2014, was produced in partnership with Jana De Brabant, an MA student studying Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University.
In 2014 BRLSI produced a temporary exhibition focused upon the remarkable fossils and story of the Strawberry Bank Lagerstätte (a site of extraordinary preservation).
These fossils were discovered by Charles Moore in the 1840s, but have been little studied and forgotten by all but a handful of specialists until the last decade. Recent intense study by the BRLSI working with palaeontologists at the University of Bristol (and now further afield) has resulted in a deepening understanding of the importance of these fossils. Jurassic Ark summarised many of these findings and presented the newly prepared and conserved fossils alongside specially commissioned reconstructions by the world renowned palaeo-artist John Sibbick.
We are working on converting Jurassic Ark to become the next of our free online exhibitions. In the meantime, a free to view review paper has been published by the Journal of the Geological Society which can be accessed on their website here.