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Curator of the museum

Professor Tim Birkhead took up position as lecturer at the University of Sheffield in 1976, becoming Professor of Behavioural Ecology, in 1992.

Nationally and internationally, Tim Birkhead is known both as a science communicator and for his passion for ornithology, with a reputation as a leading expert in the field.

In the University, he is well known for research on promiscuity and sperm competition in birds, which has helped to re-shape current understanding of bird mating systems. He also actively participates in undergraduate teaching, including courses in Animal Behaviour and the History and Philosophy of Science.

For more information visit his homepage.

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As curator of the Alfred Denny Museum, Tim Birkhead’s responsibilities include:

  • overseeing the management, maintenance and conservation of the specimens
  • dealing with new acquisitions to the collection and dealing with public
  • media and scientific enquiries.

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Queries about visiting the museum

The museum is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month.

If you have any queries regarding the museum or to book in to visit please get in touch at