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The Natural History Museum Archives

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After the sudden death of the original architect Francis Fowke in 1865, emerging architect Alfred Waterhouse was charged with delivering a new museum.

Nicknamed Mr Terra Cotta because of his liking for using the material in his buildings, he submitted his first designs in 1868. However, it was those of 1870–1871 that were eventually used for what was to become the Natural History Museum as we know it today. Join archivist Daisy Cunynghame in the Earth Sciences Library as she explores the beginnings of the museum. Members will have a chance to look at some of Waterhouse’s original terracotta drawings and plans, as well as other sketches and documents relating to the origins of the institution.

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