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Sir Hans Sloane

Sir Hans Sloane

Gallery character

Darwin Centre atrium

7 June 2014 11:30 - 13:00, 14:00 - 15:30

Sir Hans Sloane was one of the great men of early eighteenth-century London, a wealthy and popular physician to high society and royalty. But it was the natural sciences, especially botany, which fired his interest.

In his long life, he amassed one of the greatest ever private collections of plants, animals, antiquities, coins and other curios. It was to be the founding core of the British Museum and later the Natural History Museum.

Meet our Sir Hans Sloane gallery character to hear about his experiences collecting plants and animals from overseas.

Also find out how he encountered cocoa in Jamaica and brought the recipe for chocolate back to England.

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