07 Feb 2013

Opening of the Richard ffrench Natural History Museum

Conservation & Education News, News of Asa Wright

Over the past year, the Asa Wright Nature Centre has been quietly establishing its Natural History Museum. This is located under the western side of the main house, and much of the work has been coordinated by Conservation Officer Atkin Isaac.

This museum has been named The Richard ffrench Natural history Museum, in honour of one of our founding members and noted birding author, Richard ffrench. With members of the ffrench family present at Spring Hill for the launch of the third edition of Richard’s Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago, the opportunity was taken formally to open and name the museum after Richard ffrench. Most of our exhibits to date are botanical or zoological. But with the Opening we received our first Historical inputs.

The ffrench family had brought from England all of Richard’s original hand-written notes of the birds he had examined over the years and this trove was presented by Mrs. Margaret ffrench to Asa Wright Chairperson Dr. Judi Gobin for safekeeping in the new museum. We are deeply touched that the ffrench family has decided to place these papers in the custody of the Asa Wright Nature Centre.


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