Allan Octavian Hume

Indian Ornithology, British Botany and Allan Octavian Hume (1829-1912): the Scientific Legacy of a Founder of the Indian National Congress

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Indian Ornithology, British Botany and Allan Octavian Hume (1829-1912): the Scientific Legacy of a Founder of the Indian National Congress

2012 is the centenary of the death of Allan Octavian Hume - Indian ornithologist extraordinaire, enlightened administrator in the Indian Civil Service, early leading light of the Indian National Congress and founder of the South London Botanical Institute – but a man strangely little known and appreciated today.
The collection of over 80,000 south Asian birds that Hume presented to the NHM remains the largest

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donation of bird specimens in NHM history and the foundation of knowledge of the sub-continent’s ornithology.

The conference will focus on Hume’s scientific achievements and legacy, but set in the context of his wider life and initiatives in Indian administration and politics.
Among the nine speakers will be Professor Edward Moulton (University of Manitoba), doyen of Hume studies and co-editor of the projected multi-volume Selected Writings of Allan Octavian Hume (Oxford University Press).
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Associated with the conference there will be the opportunity for a limited number of participants (on a first come, first served basis) to visit Hume’s South London Botanical Institute on the day preceding the conference and see Hume’s collections at the NHM at Tring on the day following the conference. Details are provided on the attached booking form.
In addition to the timed guided tours, visitors to the SLBI will be able to view the garden and obtain refreshments. At the NHM at Tring, the free public museum will be open from 10.00 - 17.00.

Booking deadline extended to 15 October

To regsiter please downoad the full programme and booking form and return it to Hume Conference, South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, London, SE24 9AQ or by e-mail to info@slbi.org.uk

Organisers for this event are:
Robert Prys-Jones, Natural History Museum: r.prys-jones@nhm.ac.uk
Honor Gay, Natural History Museum: h.gay@nhm.ac.uk
Roy Vickery, South London Botanical Institute: vickery330@btinternet.com


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