Firstsite Conference

The Art of Taxidermy

a taxidermy bird sits on a branch

Waxwing taxidermy specimen by Hannah Debnam © Hannah Debnam, Hannah’s Creatures

Part of the Art Science Nature seminar series, led by British Art Network bursary awardees Colchester and Ipswich Museums

Taxidermy collections have always provided inspiration for artists to draw from and be creative with. We are now experiencing a moment of growing interest in the contemporary interpretation of taxidermy collections by curators, academics and artists. This seminar will give an overview of the history of Colchester and Ipswich’s taxidermy collections, with a chance to view specimens. There will be the opportunity to hear from two professional taxidermists: Jazmine Miles Long and Hannah Debnam, who will give an insight into this career.

The seminar will take place at Firstsite, an international art gallery and creative space for Colchester.

A number of spaces are available for individuals who are not currently members of the British Art Network or NatSCA to attend this seminar. Please chose the 'non-member' option on the registration page.

Confirmed speakers

Sophie Stevens, Collections and Learning Curator (Natural Sciences), Colchester and Ipswich Museums
(Not) a Case of Mistaken Identity: Buntings Reunited

Karen Banton, Assistant Collections and Learning Curator (Natural Sciences), Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Still Life, in Taxidermy

Pat Morris, Biologist
Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy

Sam Shaw, Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth-Century Art, University of Leicester: Teaching Unnatural Histories
Animal Studies and Art History in Higher Education

Hannah Debnam, Taxidermist, Hannah’s Creatures
Working as a Contemporary Taxidermist

Jazmine Miles Long, Taxidermist
A Tribute to Taxidermy

The British Art Network is led and supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Main entrance

Lewis Gardens
High Street

Date & Time

24 February 2020 at 10.30–16.00