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Events in the history of the Pitt Rivers Museum that took place in 1860.

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Month Day Event Source of Information Notes
January No day  Publication of second edition of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin Wikipedia   
June 30 Debate between T.H. Huxley and Samuel Wilberforce (among others) at the British Association for the Advancement of Science [BAAS] meeting held in Oxford. The discussion was held in the OUMNH This Natural History Museum website Following the publication of Darwin's Origin of Species
June Unspecified The Trustees authorized Acland to plan the move of books from Radcliffe Library to the new museum Davies and Hull 1975 Zoological Collections
[Winter]   The Tylors spend winter in France, also travel to Greece Relational Museum website / Megan Price pers comm.  
Unspecified   OUMNH structural building work completed Relational Museum website  
Unspecified   Museum House built. Relational Museum website Residential accommodation for OUMNH Keeper
Unspecified   John Phillips appointed Professor in Geology, University of Oxford DNB entry  
Unspecified   Rolleston appointed first Linacre professor of anatomy and physiology DNB entry  
Unspecified   Scientific collections moved from Christ Church to OUMNH, as a loan Coote, 2004: 7  
Unspecified   Scientific collections moved from Christ Church to OUMNH from 1860-1866 Davies and Hull 1975 Zoological Collections  
Unspecified   Natural history collections moved from the Ashmolean Museum to the OUMNH; George Rowell rearranges Ashmolean Museum displays now there is more space. The Ashmolean Museum (now Museum of History of Science, Broad Street) remodelled with a new staircase, entrance etc. The work and rearrangement took until 1864 to be completed Macgregor, 2000: 255; Rowell letter to Oxford Times circa April 1880, Ovenell papers Ashmolean Museum RFO/A/3/11 2nd printed pamphlet page 16, Letter from Rowell to Oxford Times 16 July 1881 [also RFO/A/3/11]  


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