Here at Saffron Walden Museum we are passionate about caring for our collections and exploring new ways to 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 ask 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 or any other animal, use the 'Send your submission button'. To see a full list of birds we're working on and some stories we've already found, click 'See the full list'.
James and Charlotte introduce the project. Please get in touch using the links above if you have something to tell us about the birds we're working on!
Meet the birds
Below are some of the birds we have been working on as well before and after images. We would love to hear if you have any names or stories about these birds or even if you have heard some of the local vernacular words we list in the descriptions.
Scroll across the pictures below to see everything we've been working on!