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Day in the life of a beetle curator

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June

15.00-15.25

Event location details

Hochhauser auditorium

V&A

Speaker: Max Barclay

The Natural History Museum houses what may be the largest, oldest and most comprehensive collection of beetles in the world, comprising more than 250,000 different species, and specimens going back 300 years. Max Barclay, as the Senior Curator, works every day with the specimens that inspired Charles Darwin on the Beagle Voyage, Alfred Russel Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, and is finding new, unsubscribed species from recently collected specimens every week. One in 5 known living things is a beetle, and Max will discuss an insider's view of the most diverse group of organisms on the planet, and their continuing importance for science yesterday, today and into the future.

This is part of our ‘Day in the Life’ talks which are short, lively and personal stories aimed at teenagers thinking about their future careers. Take a look at the other talks in this series.

Event categories

  • Family with 12+
  • Talk