Natural History: Fossils to Feathers

Natural History Fossils to Feathers

Natural history is the research and study of organisms including plants or animals in their environment. Until well into the nineteenth century, knowledge was considered by Europeans to have two main divisions: the humanities (including theology), and studies of nature. In modern terms natural history included the biological and geological sciences. Individual “Natural History” collections, also known at times as “Cabinets of Curiosities” encouraged systematic study of nature, eventually leading to the subdivision of the sciences. Ronald Harris of Eldon House had a keen interest in articles of natural history; it was he who is responsible for the wide array of weaponry and game trophies in museums collection. As a mining engineer, Ronald travelled widely and collected many exotic and unique natural objects, which are the focus of this exhibit.