Natural History Dioramas

History, Construction and Educational Role

  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
  • Annette Scheersoi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Annette Scheersoi
    Pages 1-4
  3. History and Features of Natural History Dioramas

  4. Resurrection and Modern Dioramas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Mark Loveland, Barbara C. Buckley, Edys S. Quellmalz
      Pages 87-104
    3. Mareike Munsch, Hartmut Schmiese, Aleksandra Angelov, Gunnar Riedel, Jörn Köhler
      Pages 115-130
  5. Learning at Dioramas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-132
    2. Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Annette Scheersoi
      Pages 133-143
    3. Annette Scheersoi
      Pages 145-159
    4. Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
      Pages 161-186
    5. Martha Marandino, Marianne Achiam, Adriano Dias de Oliveira
      Pages 251-266
    6. Edward Mifsud
      Pages 267-275
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277

About this book


This book celebrates dioramas as a unique and essential learning tool for biological education for all. It provides information about their historical development, the technique of taxidermy and diorama construction from the past and the modern developments as well as aspects of interpretation and learning processes. The fresh and unique compilation brings together experts from a number of different countries, from the west coast of the USA, across Europe to China. It describes the journey of dioramas from their inception through development to visions of their future. A complementary journey is that of visitors and their individual sense making and construction of their understanding from their own starting points, often interacting with others (e.g. teachers, peers, parents) as well as media (e.g. labels). Dioramas have been, hitherto, a rather neglected area of museum exhibits but a renaissance is beginning for them and their educational importance in contributing to people’s understanding of the natural world. This volume shows how dioramas can reach a wide audience and increase access to biological knowledge.


biodiversity education biological education diorama diorama construction history of dioramas learning about animals learning about biodiversity museum learning natural history out of school biology learning visitor studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
    • 1
  • Annette Scheersoi
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of BonnBonnGermany

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