THE HUXLEY ROOM

The Huxley Room

I have chosen the Huxley Room as my favourite place in the Museum. The Huxley Room is the upper part of the original hall in which the ‘Great Debate’ took place in 1860. The space was subsequently divided into two rooms: the Huxley Room and the Wilberforce Room. The names, of course, are in recognition of the two main antagonists in the landmark debate on Darwin’s theory of evolution.

The Huxley Room now houses part of the Museum’s exotic insect collection: mainly beetles, butterflies and bees. There are even some of Darwin’s specimens. I love the intense light streaming in from the rose window at the north end, the solid oak beams and bright colours of the ceiling, the closely packed insect cases, and even the smell of naphthalene.

Sarah Phibbs, IT Officer