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William Boyd Dawkins – Manchester Museum’s ice age curator

April 24, 2012

Ice age mammals and environmental change

On Thursday 26th April 2012 Professor Adrian Lister (Natural History Museum) will give a lecture

This is the inaugural Sir William Boyd Dawkins lecture in Quaternary Science and Geoarchaeology. This annual lecture is being organised by Professor Jamie Woodward (Geography, School of Environment and Development) in collaboration with the Manchester Museum to mark the pioneering contribution of Sir William Boyd Dawkins (1837-1929) to the study of ice age fauna and his fundamental contributions to the development of Manchester Museum and the teaching of Geology and Archaeology in the University.

Boyd Dawkins came to Manchester in 1869 when he was appointed curator of the natural history collections at the old Manchester Museum on Peter Street. He also lectured in Geology at Owens College and spent most of the rest of his active life in various roles within the University and the Museum. He established an international reputation for his work on the fossils of ice age mammals.

Adrian Lister is a world authority on ice age mammals and Quaternary environmental change. This lecture will celebrate Boyd Dawkins’ legacy and set out recent advances in this field. William Boyd Dawkins is featured in the new Ancient Worlds galleries at the Manchester Museum, which open on 30th October 2012.

WBD_poster LR.pdf

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