Event: Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge
Location: Two Temple Place, WC2
Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums is an exhibition of treasures from eight museums displayed together for the first time in William Waldorf Astor’s rather extraordinary Victorian gothic building off the Strand.
The exhibits come from Cambridge’s great collections, including from the Fitzwilliam, Museums of Zoology, Classical Anthropology, the Polar Museum and the gallery Kettle’s Yard.
The exhibition includes items such as a dodo skeleton, reconstructed from bones found in a Mauritian swamp 200 years after the bird became extinct, an ancient bronze lion found in a desert village in the Yemen, the only remaining egg collected by Darwin on his journey on HMS Beagle, cracked apparently because he put it into too small a box.
Artworks on show include a work by the primitive artist and Cornish fisherman Alfred Wallis, to a set of woodcut prints by the 18th century Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro depicting scenes from a famous revenge-play of kabuki.
Two Temple Place opened to the public for the first time two years ago, and hosts temporary exhibitions of collections from outside the capital.
Discoveries is on at Two Temple Place off Victoria Embankment on until 27 April 2014, open Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, Wednesday 10am to 9pm and Sunday 11am to 4.30pm, closed on Tuesdays.