Darwin’s coral reefs and the future of ocean life

Sunday 10 October 2021

Explore historic collections that could predict the future of marine ecosystems with the Natural History Museum’s coral reef curator.


Museums of Natural History around the world are full of specimens collected by some of history’s most famous explorers, adventurers and scientists. As well as shining a light on variable collection approaches employed by the likes of Darwin and their crews, these collections could also reveal the future of these threatened marine environments.

Miranda Lowe is a Principal Curator at the Natural History Museum, looking after the Museum’s coral reef and crustacean collection. Join her to investigate the moral arguments over some of the historical methods of collection, and how applying modern technologies such as aircraft 3D scanners could point to how these ecosystems will fare as the world and our oceans warm.

This event is part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival: One World.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the event begins if you have a ticket to join the event in South Kensington. If you arrive after this time, your ticket may be reallocated.

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