Upcoming Events


Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing with Pat Morris, author of the new book Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy
Date: Friday 13th September

Time: 7:00 PM (doors 6:30)
Admission: Free
Location: London's The Last Tuesday Society (11 Mare St  London E8 4RP)

Walter Potter (1835-1918) was a self-taught Victorian country taxidermist who is best remembered today for his inventive, large-scale tableaux peopled by rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels, rats playing dominoes, kitten wedding ceremonies, tea parties and croquet matches. His tiny museum in Bramber, Sussex, was crammed full of these, along with multi-legged kittens, two-headed lambs and a bewildering assortment of curios.

Closed in the 1970s, the museum was variously re-established before being auctioned off in 2003. It was reported that a £1M bid by Damien Hirst to keep the collection intact was refused, but in 2010 many of Potter's key pieces were exhibited by the artist Sir Peter Blake at London's Museum of Everything, attracting over 30,000 visitors in 6 weeks. The subsequent dispersal of Potter's works has meant the loss of a truly unique Victorian legacy.

Tonight, join us for a lavishly illustrated talk celebrating the release of Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy" (Constable and Robinson, 2013) by Dr Pat Morris with Joanna Ebenstein of Morbid Anatomy and a foreword by Potter collector and enthusiast Sir Peter Blake. Charlie Mounter, editor of the book, will introduce and the book's new trailer by Ronni Thomas of The Midnight Archive will be screened. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing and wine will be served. Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favourite Potter piece!

‘Anthropomorphic Taxidermy: Walter Potter book launch party’ with illustrated lecture by Pat Morris, author of the new book Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy
Date: Friday 6th September
Time: 6.309pm
The Congress for Curious Peoples
Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE (map)

Tonight, join Dr Pat Morris, a senior lecturer in zoology and mammal ecologist as well as author of the new book Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy (Constable and Robinson, 2013), at The Grant Museum for a lecture on the life and work of the iconic Victorian anthropomorphic taxidermist and museologist Walter Potter. Following the talk will be a premiere of The Walter Potter Suite by musicians The Real Tuesday Weld, screenings of Potter-related shorts, and musical accompaniment from DJ Stephen Coates to a Potter slide show. Books will be available for sale as well as signing and refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to all, but please book a place by emailing Jessica Dain, j.dain@ucl.ac.uk.

More information can be found here.