Peter Johns' Collection

A Canterbury Museum Friends Talk

This public talk took place on 7 July 2020.

What do you do with 140,000 specimens collected by one person?

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Insect collector Peter Johns at work in the Museum.

Peter Johns has been collecting insects and bugs for over 60 years. Peter worked most of his professional life as a lecturer at the University of Canterbury and today is a Research Fellow at Canterbury Museum. He has collected upwards of 140,000 individual specimens. Any sort of creepy crawly you can name Peter has probably collected: cockroaches, crane flies, beetles, millipedes, centipedes and many more.

Why would someone devote so much of their time to collecting tiny critters? One of the reasons is that invertebrates can tell us a lot about the health of a natural environment. This talk, presented by Associate Curator Natural History Johnathon Ridden, will highlight some of the interesting things Peter has collected, the places he has gone to collect and what his collection can tell us about the world.

Places at this talk are limited so please register (button below) if you are keen to attend.

This talk is hosted by the Friends of Canterbury Museum.

List image: Cranefly, photo by Bryce McQuillan

This public talk took place on 7 July 2020.

7 July 2020 10.15 am – 11.30 am Register
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