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‘Evolution’ is the theme as Art meets Science at Tonbridge

A talk on evolution and disappearing species by a renowned expert from the Natural History Museum is among the exciting activities marking the opening of Tonbridge School’s Barton Science Centre.

Using a combination of art and science, palaeontologist Julian Hume will present some of his work on island bird evolution, and recreate the lost worlds of the past.

Dr Hume, pictured, has carried out detailed studies of birds that once inhabited oceanic islands throughout the world, but are now extinct, such as the dodo of Mauritius. He said: “Island birds have been subject to spectacular evolutionary events and it is only now that science is beginning to understand the processes involved. 

“The importance of palaeontology and ancient DNA have been paramount in research, which has resulted in some extraordinary discoveries.”

An author of two books on the subject of extinct birds, Dr Hume has presented programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery channels. 

His talk to boys and invited guests takes place on Friday 15 March. 

In addition, Year 10 boys at Tonbridge have also been tackling the theme of ‘Evolution’ in their art classes this term. Boys have been preparing for the opening of the Barton Science Centre by producing drawings, prints, sculptures, photos and digital imagery in a project that combines art and science.

At least one piece of art from each boy will be going on display at the centre.

Fian Andrews, the school’s Head of Art, said: “Setting a theme of evolution has really set boys’ imaginations running and they have been highly creative in their interpretations.

"I’ve been most impressed at the quality of the work I have seen and the boys’ pieces will, I hope, prove a fascinating addition for parents and visitors when they walk around our magnificent new Science Centre.”

Some of the boys' work is pictured below.



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