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2334, NH/10
Natural Heroes

Speaker: Dawson, Janet, 1948 - 0, Interviewee, Female, Curator of Biology Collections
Speaker: Fletcher, A, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: The interview conveys a lifetime of interest in natural history that started in her childhood, continued into her degree in Zoology at Oxford University, and professional life as a curator. She became a display assistant at the University museum before becoming assistant curator of zoological collections. Moved to Leicester in 1971 and became curator of biology collections at Leicester City Museums. Was programme secretary and later president of the natural history section of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society (LLPS) over a period of thirty years. Also a member of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlfe Trust (LRWT), and formed a bat group after training with English Nature (EN) to become a bat warden. Had to stop work with bats due topoor eyesight, but continued to be on the EN committee. Mentions key members of Leicester City Museums, including Hubert Barrow, Ian Evans and Teddy Williams, as well as detailing some collections and rare specimens. Describes her personal interest in photographing wild flowers in numerous countries, and outlines her wider fears for the future of the natural world. Notes some influential local natural historians, including Peter Gamble and Claude Henderson.
Place of birth: Ipswich
Education: University
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Lawyer
Mother's Occupation: Professional Sportswoman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s

Recording Date: 7/8/2007
Playing time: 43 mins 15 secs
Access Restrictions: Full Consent Item Copyright: LCC
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
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