Event: Natural History Museum’s Treasures Gallery
Location: Natural History Museum, SW7
The Treasures Gallery is a new space in the Natural History Museum that will display 22 of the most valuable and extraordinary specimens from the museum’s vast collection. Each item has been picked for the story it has to tell and its value to fields of botany, mineralogy, palaeontology or zoology.
The treasures to go on show in the permanent new gallery include the Archaeopteryx lithographica fossil with both bird and reptile features discovered two years after Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published, a first edition of which is also on display, and the 200-million year old ammonite that led ‘the father of geology’ William Smith to discover that rocks are layered through time.
The gallery’s ceiling is painted by the British artist Tania Kovats in homage to Darwin’s theory of evolution. She completed the painting, entitled Tree, after travelling around South America with Darwin’s journal The Voyage of the Beagle as a guide.