About the Authors

Dr Pat Morris is a professional biologist, formerly Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He specialized in mammal ecology, particularly hedgehogs and dormice, but also travelled widely to more than thirty countries and most of the USA. He has published over 150 scientific papers and magazine articles and some twenty books on natural history topics. His lifelong hobby interest has been in the history and practice of taxidermy, writing nine books on the subject, including A History of Taxidermy; Art, Science and Bad Taste (MPM Publishing, 2010). He first visited Potter’s museum in Bramber as a schoolboy about 1955 and thirty years later became a technical advisor to its owners. With their help, he gained an unrivalled knowledge of Potters work, first published in 2008 as Walter Potter and his Museum of Curious Taxidermy, forming a record of a unique collection now dispersed by its sale in 2003.

Joanna Ebenstein is an artist, designer, events producer and independent scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work revolves around hidden and private collections, and artefacts that fall through the cracks of disciplines or the temper of the times. She runs the Morbid Anatomy blog, dedicated to surveying ‘the interstices of art and medicine, death and culture’, and the Morbid Anatomy Library, which makes available to the public her collection of art, ephemera, books and curiosities committed to showcasing the places where death and beauty intersect. She also organizes the ‘Morbid Anatomy Presents series of lectures, workshops, and exhibitions around the world; by far the most popular class offered is anthropomorphic taxidermy in the style of Walter Potter. You can find out more at http://morbidanatomy.blogspot.com.