In 1847, Westminster Abbey enjoyed a growth in visitors, attracted by the first marine aquarium in England - a collection of madrepores and sea sponges kept in glass cases at Ashburnham House. This is the story of Anna Thynne, whose creation coincided with a philosophical turning point in history.
Rebecca Stott is a writer and broadcaster. She writes both fiction and non-fiction, teaches English literature and is affiliated with the Cambridge History of Science Department. Her work in radio writing, fiction and non-fiction, weaves together history, literature and the history of science. She is the author of the non-fiction book Darwin and the Barnacle.
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