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  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
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  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Object in Focus: No. 2

Exotic Insects in Berwick Museum

Varieties of insect, pinned to panel, c. 1970 - 1980s

Berwick Museum was founded by the Berwickshire Naturalist’s Field Club in 1867.

The group was fascinated with insects and this is reflected in Berwick’s exotic insect collection. Insect and butterfly collections were created to help identify species and to monitor environmental changes.

The act of collecting insects, especially butterflies, was fashionable among the wealthy upper classes from as early as the 1600’s. Men would create ‘cabinets of curiosities’ to display their most precious artefacts like fossils, relics, archaeology, art, antiquities and insects. This box of insects varies in date from the 1970’s to the 1980’s. The box contains 96 specimens including a Damselfly, a large Water Bug, 30 Moths and 58 butterflies. These curiosities were collected from all around the world from South East Asia to Africa and Australia.

 

For more information about our collections, contact:  collections@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk