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Here at Saffron Walden Museum we are passionate about caring for our collections and exploring new ways which we can talk about and share them. The Lost Language of Nature project aims to conserve a large number of specimens from our natural history collections, whilst working with the public to discover new narratives through storytelling and language.

Each week we will be conserving a new group of specimens and sharing this process with you. We will also be reaching out to the public to discover the lost language and stories of these objects, from forgotten folk names, tales and songs to the unrecorded names of these specimens in their country of origin.

We would encourage anyone interested in participating in the project to get in touch, either personally if you have a story to share with us, or any representatives from community groups who would like to get involved.

To discuss the project in more detail with us please contact James and Charlotte via the contact button. Alternatively, if you have a story or name for one of the specimens on the page, please complete the submission form.

Contact us to discuss the project
Night Heron


Over the next week we will be conserving four mounted bird specimens and sharing the process with you. We would love to hear if you have heard any of the British folk names used, of know of any others, or know of any folk names of superstitions. We would also like to hear about any of names or stories about the Night Heron and from countries where they are resident