Curator & Crusader by Mike Bruton – 9 July 2019

D7o8FXpXsAAqFnVWe launch Curator and Crusader by Mike Bruton published by Footprint Press. Mike will be in conversation with Dr Graham Avery, retired senior palaeoanthropologist from Iziko.

DETAILS: Tuesday 9th July at 6 for 6.30pm
RSVP: Please email or call us on 021 788 2266

A mystery egg (is it a dodo’s?), a wandering hippo, an enigmatic human skull, a secret visit by a famous aviator, a mysterious monster, the most famous fish in the world (the coelacanth), ancient human footprints, the German settler centenary, a museum ghost, and rugged expeditions into remote parts of southern Africa to collect specimens for her beloved East London Museum… These were just some of the ingredients in the colourful life of pioneering museum curator and environmental crusader, Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer.

Marjorie was the first bird ringer in South Africa and an important early researcher on flowering plants, birds, fossils and Xhosa customs. From humble beginnings, and with no formal post-school education, she developed from a child prodigy into a world famous figure whose inspiring story is a classic example of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Mike Bruton was born in East London where, as a budding young naturalist, he first met Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer and the coelacanth . He studied ichthyology at Rhodes University and served as director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology. He was then appointed as the Education Director at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town and started the Cape Town Science Centre, remaining in contact with Marjorie throughout his career. He recently published his autobiography, When I was a Fish: Tales of an Ichthyologist.

Mike will be in conversation with Dr Graham Avery, retired senior palaeo-anthropologist from Iziko.

Wine for the evening is generously supplied by Leopard’s Leap.