On Saturday, 11th October, George Fussey, Curator of the Natural History Museum, gave a paper to the Society for the History of Natural History conference at the Horniman Museum in London. Entitled ‘Natural History at Eton and Beyond’, he joined speakers from USA, Sweden, Spain and Germany on the theme of the ‘History of Teaching of Natural History’.

He explained the position of natural history in the school and the role of Eton's Natural History Museum, which dates from 1875. He traced the influences which shaped the careers of such prime figures of the scientific establishment as Joseph Banks, John Lubbock and John Bennet Lawes and went on through the twentieth century to such luminaries as James Fisher, Julian Huxley and Dr Sir Christopher Lever.