Foraminifera

Laura Grace Simpkins explores the miniature world of foraminifera - tiny marine creatures which feature in the fossil record as early as 50 million years ago - inspired by Charles Elcock's microscope slide kit in the Whipple Museum of the History of Science.

As a professional "microscopist", Charles Elcock built his career on his ability to produce microscope slides. His microscopy kit and slides reveal his incredible skill.

Transition

John Hodgson's poem Transition is inspired by a pair of prehistoric necklaces unearthed during excavations led by pioneering archaeologist Dorothy Garrod (1892-1968) at Mount Carmel in Israel in the 1930s.

The necklaces are now in the collection of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Garrod became the first female professor in the history of the University of Cambridge.