Colour and Camouflage

Situated between The Drawing Room gallery and The Study, Colour and Camouflage showcases a selection of animals, birds, butterflies, rocks and minerals from the natural world, arranged in perfect rainbow-colour order.

  • Colour and Camouflage

Colours in the natural world can be a warning sign or an attraction; a way of standing out or of hiding from predators and prey. Included in the rainbow display are examples of butterflies and moths with mimic and camouflage patterns.

The majority of the birds on display come from a collection bequeathed to the museum in 1903 by William Oxenden Hammond (1817-1903) and include very early and rare specimens. The Hammonds were local landowners and bankers. William Oxenden, like his father William Osmund (1790-1863), collected British birds and gave over 500 of their specimens to the museum.

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Gold from the Klondike

Gold from the Klondike

Displayed in the gallery are two types of Gold – but could you tell the difference between them? One is the type we all know, love and aspire to possess and the other is a deceiving natural... — Read more
Owl Butterfly

Owl Butterfly

This Owl Butterfly on display is commonly known as the Brazilian Little Owl. It is a South American butterfly and is often found in rainforests from Guatemala to northern... — Read more
Rook in the Red Coat

Rook in the Red Coat

There is a simple yet sad tale of how The Beaney came to acquire a rook dressed quite curiously in a red... — Read more

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