I was fortunate enough a little while ago to visit the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.  I had heard that they had some remains of the now extinct Dodo bird and was anxious to see them !

Not least because a Dodo is one of my characters in my Litrasaurus website www.litrasaurus.com created to stimulate children to write stories and use imagination.

Dodos were originally found in Mauritius by Dutch sailors in 1598 and were flightless birds so were easy to catch for the hungry sailors, and in time became extinct, with the last siting recorded in 1662. The museum had skeleton bones of the head on display and a replica of the mummified head (including skin, bone, beak, eyes, and even some feathers) that has to be stored in special conditions elsewhere. Very interesting, but sad to know we have lost these special creatures.

A portion of the ground floor displays at the Oxford Museum of Natural History by Ozeye

 

The museum itself is a beautiful building architecturally, full of light with lovely open displays and pillars each one made from a different types of rock from around the UK.   There is lovely ironwork decoration and a delightful galleried upper floor housing many fascinating specimens of fossils as well as minerals, insects, and butterflies.

 

It has just re-opened after a major refurbishment, and much care has been taken to provide lots of interesting information – including a range of particularly easy to understand wall galleries showing all the Geological timescales illustrating what was on earth and when.  All very user-friendly with many items not encased allowing the children to touch them.

Well worth a visit. A very special place.

Charlotte