Beyond the label: survivors of the greatest natural history collection ever lost

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When the East Indiaman ship The Fame sank in 1824, Sir Stamford Raffles’ vast collections of natural history specimens and drawings from Sumatra and Singapore were lost forever. Raffles was a British East India Company official who found fame as the ‘founder’ of modern Singapore and London Zoo.

Find out how some of Raffles’ surviving collections ended up at World Museum, how they connect to specimens at the Natural History Museum and drawings in the British Library, and about Raffles other connections to Liverpool.

Admission to this talk is £7 and tickets can be purchased in advance below.

18 March, 2-3pm

Beyond the label talks

Our museums and galleries are a treasure trove of fascinating stories and world class collections. In this exciting series of talks you will get the opportunity to meet the experts who care for our collections, find out never-before-told behind the scenes stories of our most beloved objects, and get the opportunity to pick the brains of a real museum expert. 

Go beyond the museum labels and delve into the fascinating world of art, history, science, and community stories in this unmissable series.