The Cambridge University Museum of Zoology,
with its wonderful
collection of fossils, skeletons, shells and insects,
will provide an unusual location for the Turing Centenary Conference reception.
The Museum, located close to the Babbage Lecture Theatre,
is relatively modern, having been moved into the current purpose-designed building during 1968-70.
But there are exhibits predating Charles Darwin's voyage of the Beagle, and the spirit of
Darwin can still be felt though the fascinating displays accumulated through the 19th century
A giant Finback whale skeleton of length 70 feet displayed at the entrance of the museum. Skeletons and preserved skins of many extinct animals are housed in the museum. Most of the fish specimens are stored in spirit, some of them, having been collected by Darwin himself on the Beagle voyage. The bird collection consists of skins, eggs and skeletal material. Skeletal remains from extinct birds such as the dodo from Mauritius and the solitaire from Rodrigues are on display. The insect collection boasts of specimens collected by Darwin from around Cambridge. Collections of Molluscs,corals and other sea dwellers offer insight into the biological diversity of the oceans.
The reception will be after the evening lecture on Tuesday, from 19:30 to
snacks will be served in the Lower Gallery.
Please have your conference badge for identification as you enter the
The galleries are air-conditioned, so you may need a sweater or cardigan. A
lift is available for anyone who needs it: please just ask the volunteers in