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Empire & Industry

The Victorian Museum

Moth Collection

Many early museums were set up as places of study by groups and societys who shared common interests.  Academics and ramblers groups interested in studying natural history established many fine collections throughout the country.  Collections such as these moths were a valuable tool in their studies and they were able to show their findings and theories either in books or directly to a public in lectures or in display cases who otherwise (without modern media such as television) would be unable to have access to these items.  Much of what we know of the natural world around us is due to the 19th and early 20th century study of specimens such as this within museum collections.
The Dick Institute
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East Ayrshire Council