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From the outset the Oxford University Museum of Natural History has played an important role in the development of science and culture. It was here, only a few months after the Museum opened, that the famous evolutionary debate took place between Huxley and Wilberforce. At the core of the museum are the historical collections of zoological and geological specimens. Caring for these collections is our primary concern so that future generations can enjoy and learn from them. We are also committed to our education and outreach work and to maintaining our beautiful building. In all of this work we are reliant upon and extremely grateful to the many supporters of the museum, its visitors, other individuals, trusts, charitable foundations and corporations.

Support our rare Jurassic sea reptiles

Thanks to the generous support of the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund we are one step closer to realising our plans to publicly display the remains of two important Jurassic marine reptiles. One of these is the rare long-necked plesiosaur, nicknamed Eve, which was discovered in a quarry in Cambridgeshire in 2014. The other is a short-necked relative of Eve that was found in Yarnton, near Oxford, in the 1990s.

Jurassic plesiosaur, Eve

Jurassic plesiosaur, nicknamed ‘Eve’

With new cases, dynamic artwork and digital content, the exhibit will present a picture of central England 165 million years ago: submerged 50 meters underwater in a warm, shallow sea, teeming with animals that are now long-extinct.

The grant from DCMS/Wolfson provides 75% of our Out of the Deep project cost. The Museum is currently looking for matched funding to display and bring to life these rare and important plesiosaurs. If you would like to help please donate online or contact the Museum’s Development Team for more information.

To contact the Museum’s Development Team:
Telephone: 01865 213785

Find out more about Eve, the plesiosaur

Read more about the grant from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund

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