Sneak a peek at the creatures in Sheffield’s most mind-boggling museum!
- Fossilised flying dinosaurs
- The dolphin that washed up in Sheffield
- Arthur the Half-hedgehog
- Our ancestors stripped to the bone
The Alfred Denny Zoology Museum is one of Sheffield’s best-kept secrets. Since the museum was established in 1905, only a handful of people have ever seen the weird and wonderful stuff inside. Now we’re inviting everyone to come and take a look!
The Denny is home to some curious creatures, including tiny fossilised flying dinosaurs, a dolphin that once turned up at a Sheffield fish market and Arthur, the half-hedgehog.
It’s a great chance to learn about the diversity of life on earth, how animals’ bodies work and why they behave the way they do. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions and children will be invited to draw the exhibits.
Spaces are limited so we’ll allocate tour times on a first-come, first-served basis.
The museum is also open and tours are running Saturday 22-Sunday 23 September.
You can also visit the museum on Friday 28 September from 6pm during Researchers’ Night.
The stories behind the exhibits
On Friday 21 September the museum’s curator, Professor Tim Birkhead is giving a special talk for Festival of the Mind, telling the stories behind the exhibits. Tim has dedicated his life to the study of animal behaviour, especially birds. He is an eminent scientist, an award-winning teacher and a successful writer. His latest book is Bird Sense: What It’s Like to Be a Bird (Bloomsbury, 2012).