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Follow the Footsteps

Come along to the Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History to Follow Her Footsteps.

Follow our trail to discover the role women played in Natural Science during the 1800s.

Featuring the collections of the Bell Pettigrew Museum, and exploring the life of Sarah Bowdich (1791 – 1856), we encourage you to use the trail to start a conversation about the contributions of other women in science.

Bowdich was an English woman with a keen interest in nature, travel and adventure. She travelled widely, drawing, studying and collecting plants and animals. She wrote and illustrated many works on natural science in her lifetime, and her work helped people to better understand the world around them.

The themes explored in the trail are inspired by Sarah’s scientific travel, her work to make science accessible, and the recognition for her work in her lifetime.

The display is free of charge and we can’t wait to see you there! In the meantime, follow the footsteps of women in science through our digital content. If you look through our online exhibition materials or attend one of our events, please let us know what you thought here.

Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History – Opening hours: 1-5pm, Monday – Friday – 4 – 15 April
Location: Bell Pettigrew Museum of Natural History
Address: Bute Medical Buildings, School of Biology, Queen’s Terrace, St Andrews KY16 9TS
Phone number: 01334 461660