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I'm busy, try Darwin!

Rev. Leonard Jenyns, one of the stalwarts of the Institution, was asked to go on the voyage of The Beagle, but declined saying he was far too busy with his parish but recommended his friend Charles Darwin go instead!!

Curatorial Curiosities

Wax impression from the mediaeval seal of Glastonbury Abbey

Founded in the 7th Century, Glastonbury Abbey became one of the wealthiest and most powerful in the land by the mid-late mediaeval period. An “Engraving of a seal of the Abbey of Glaston” in the British Museum’s collection, identical to this wax impression, is dated 1536. This seal may have been in use for much longer.