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In the mid-19th century Cambridge scientists setting up new museums relied on serendipity to acquire specimens—for example in 1865 when a huge whale washed up on Pevensey Bay, Sussex. Today, artist Jo Atherton works with found objects gathered on the UK coastline. In this talk, Boris Jardine and Jo reflect on the moment of discovery, when lost becomes found, and explore the very human desire to collect. It is accompanied by an exhibition of objects from Cambridge University Library and from Jo’s collection.

Part of the Being Human Festival, 17-25 November 2017.

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