Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Henry Huxley was the MBA's first president, serving from the MBA's founding in 1884 to 1890. Huxley had previously served on many Royal Commissions, advising the British government on matters of science and education.

A photograph of Thomas Henry Huxley dated between 1883 and 1885. Reproduced from T. H. Huxley Obituary 1895. © Jan Freedman 

In September 2012, staff from the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, with help from the MBA and staff from the Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, transcribed a letter from Huxley from the MBA Archive Collection  to a Mr Thompson, written 31 [August?] 1882. The letter is about oysters which Thompson had sent to Huxley for examination following the discovery of worms in the oyters' shells.


MBA Archive Collection MB7: Letter from T. H. Huxley to Mr Thompson, 31 [August?] 1882.

You can download the original letter here and a full transcript here. (Please note that the transcript indicates that the letter is dated 31 April 1882, which is not possible. We now believe the letter is dated 31 August 1882.)

The letter will be displayed at the museum from 28 January to 30 June 2013. The museum is open Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am to 5.30pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm; admission is free.

An article by Jan Freedman (Plymouth City Musuem and Art Gallery) and Anne-Flore Laloë (MBA) about the exhibition appeared in MBA News in Spring 2013 (Issue 49). You can download an edited version of this article here. MBA News is a members' publication of the MBA; for information on how to join, please clicl here.

For more information on this project, please contact Anne-Flore Laloë at the MBA or Jan Freedman and the museum.


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