Visitors to the Museum of Somerset can discover more about the county’s animals, plants and birds in a playful, new exhibition opening this summer. Based on the book, ‘Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village’, by the naturalist Stephen Moss, the exhibition runs until the 26 October.
Stephen is one of Britain’s leading natural history writers, broadcasters and wildlife television producers. His book tells the story of wildlife through the seasons in his home village of Mark, on the edge of the Somerset Levels. The exhibition brings together his celebrated nature writing with beautiful, original illustration by the graphic artist Stephanie Cole. Stephanie is probably best known in the West Country for her striking illustrations that decorate the interiors at Gloucester Services.
Sam Astill, Head of Museums for the South West Heritage Trust, told Tone News: “We’re delighted to be bringing together the creative talents of Stephen and Stephanie for this original exhibition. It’s packed full of fun, interactive, hands-on activities for families to enjoy during the school holiday.”
Stephen Moss added: “The book is a celebration of the British countryside and why it matters to all of us, wherever we live. It’s exciting to see it given a new lease of life and I hope the exhibition will help inspire young visitors to connect with the natural world.”
Oh – and in case you were wondering about hummingbirds in Somerset, they’re a species of hawk-moth!
Original illustrations by Stephanie Cole are combined with nature writing to create an interactive exhibition exploring the natural world at the Museum of Somerset, this summer.