The Inaugural University Librarian's Lecture

Professor Tim Birkhead’s lecture: The Wonderful Mr. Willughby

Location: Western Bank Library

University of Sheffield,
Western Bank,
Sheffield, S10 2TN

Date: Friday 8 December

Time: 6pm - 8pm

Admission: Free entry, but ticket required

Free tickets via Eventbrite

Guests are welcome to visit the exhibition from 5pm, prior to the lecture.


Professor Tim Birkhead has collaborated with eminent scholars from a range of disciplines to explore the scientific research of Francis Willughby (1635-1672), resulting in the book Virtuoso by Nature: the scientific worlds of Francis Willughby FRS (1635-1672) (Leiden: Brill, 2016), which is an edited volume of academic essays on Willughby’s many and varied interests. A second book, The Wonderful Mr. Willughby: the first true ornithologist will be published by Bloomsbury in early 2018.

In this lecture he will illustrate and celebrate Willughby’s endeavours in setting a standard for the way birds and natural history more generally should be studied.

Latest exhibition in Western Bank Library - "The Wonderful Mr. Willughby's New Natural History"