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In the year in which the bicentenary of the establishment of Anglo-Nepalese diplomatic relations is celebrated, the Hancock Museum plays host to this intriguing discussion by local researcher and artist David Lowther.

Brian Houghton Hodgson – largely condemned to obscurity today – was a well-known diplomat and officer of the English East India Company during the nineteenth century, at a time when the exotic fauna of Nepal was completely unknown to European science. Amassing a collection of over 10,000 zoological specimens, and thousands of watercolour illustrations of birds and mammals, Hodgson played an important role in the west’s understanding of the landscape of the east, with the images still remaining a useful and dynamic source of knowledge abought the indigenous wildlife of Nepal and Tibet. This talk is a timely reminder of the dangers still facing Nepal’s endangered species and is part of a wider program of events organised by Britain-Nepal 200.

The Life and Times of Brian Houghton Hodgson is at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle on Friday 13th March.

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