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Ep7: Decolonising natural history with Miranda Lowe

Miranda Lowe FLS FRSB, Principle Curator, Crustacea and Cnidaria, Natural History Museum

Miranda holding one of her carefully curated childhood museum books mentioned in the podcast.

Miranda Lowe has been an amazing advocate for highlighting the hidden stories of the role of people of colour in the history of natural history. This podcast is a conversation about her journey becoming a museum curator, uncovering the story of Graman Kwasimukambe, whom the medicinal plant Quassia was named after, and reading between the lines in natural history texts. Miranda explores how much botanical and medicinal knowledge 'discovered' by European explorers was not acknowledged to have originally been gathered from/by indigenous and enslaved peoples.

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