London, Stepney Museum
The Borough of Stepney Nature Study Museum (a branch of the Whitechapel Museum) opened in 1904 through the efforts of Claude Hinscliffe and with the support of an anonymous benefactor. It was housed in a disused mortuary in the churchyard of St George's in the East of London. The aim was to give city children and adults, who might otherwise never have encountered live animals, an experience of the natural world. During World War Two the museum closed and never reopened. The artefacts were distributed to London, Horniman Museum and to Bedford, The Higgins Art Gallery and Museum.