Animal trophies in exhibition celebrating sport

JPCT 211211 Trophy exhibition at Horsham Museum. Gerald Legg. photo by derek martin
JPCT 211211 Trophy exhibition at Horsham Museum. Gerald Legg. photo by derek martin

A DUCK-BILLED platypus and exotic birds are among the specimens in Horsham Museum’s latest exhibition celebrating the ‘sport’ of killing things.

‘Bringing the Trophies Home’ is a sporting exhibition with a difference, as these trophies are natural history specimens from the Victorian and Edwardian ages when hunters showed off their catch.

JPCT 211211 Trophy exhibition at Horsham Museum. Gerald Legg. photo by derek martin

JPCT 211211 Trophy exhibition at Horsham Museum. Gerald Legg. photo by derek martin

Through their hunting they became so familiar with nature, that they became the great naturalists of Sussex and beyond.

Now, as a result of a Government grant, the Booth Museum in Brighton has been able to release some of its specimens to other museums - some of which have never been on display before.

Among the exhibits is material collected by the Godman family of South Lodge, the Loders of Leonardslee and Millais of Compton Brow and has a truly eclectic range of objects, from tiger and seal skins to a bear skull and porcupine fish.

Bringing the Trophies Home is running at the museum until February 25.