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Science at the Seaside - Science at the Seaside Exhibition, Ilfracombe Museum (2014)

posted on 2021-03-10, 18:40 authored by Kyriaki HadjiafxendiKyriaki Hadjiafxendi, Sara Hodson, Anita Nathwani, John Plunkett
Science at the Seaside is a collaboration between Ilfracombe Museum, Bath Spa University and the University of Exeter, which proposes a new and original understanding of the interlinked growth of popular science and coastal tourism during the Victorian period, with the different outputs producing original insights into the Victorian fascination with natural history.

This item documents the exhibition, including Exhibition Guide* and photo documentation of the exhibition.

This permanent exhibition with the theme of ‘Seaside Science’ and was launched in April 2014 at Ilfracombe Museum to showcase the creative, commercial and scientific engagement with the North Devon coast from the 1830s onwards. The project as a whole seeks to engage local communities with a neglected aspect of their heritage; namely, the growth of seaside science and environmental tourism in North Devon during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The North Devon coast attracted many literary and scientific visitors, local and distinguished, professional and amateur; these included well-known figures such as George Eliot, George Henry Lewes, George Tugwell and Philip Gosse, who explored, collected and displayed scientific specimens, as well as published accounts of their visits. There is a rich history of writing about the North Devon coast, which deserves to be better known as it played an important national role in the growth of Victorian popular science.

Images courtesy of the Ilfracombe Museum. Used with permission.

Contributors to the exhibition guide are as follows:
Kyriaki Hadjiafxendi
Sara Hodson
Anita Nathwani
John Plunkett

*Please note that the Exhibition Guide document is drawn from the original publication file, and therefore the pages with appear nonconsecutive.