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only so many bars to go drinking in and sometimes you need a little bit of culture instead. Luckily the two come together nicely as Hendrick’s gin are hosting a series of lectures, incorporating the weird, wonderful and macabre.

One particular highlight is coming up on Thursday 13th of December as Dr Pat Morris hosts ‘A history of taxidermy: Art, science and bad taste’. A retired staff member of Royal Holloway College, he specialises in mammal physiology and shares his home with the largest collective and archive of historical taxidermy in Britain, making him the definitive expert in the subject.

Hosted at 11 Mare Street in Hackney, doors open at 6pm with the presentation starting at 7pm with discussions around whether or not taxidermy can be considered as ‘art’. Some consider stuffed and mounted animals to be attractive ornaments, some as a way of preserving the presence of a loved family pet while others consider it to be unnatural and in bad taste. Whatever your viewpoint, the debate is sure to provide food for thought.

Thurs 13th Dec, 6pm
11 Mare Street, E8 ARP