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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HARRISON INSTITUTE

The Harrison Institute was founded by Dr James Harrison in 1930 as the Harrison Zoological Museum. It was based at the family house, Bowerwood House, in Sevenoaks, Kent, where it remains today.

 

Originally, through the work of James and his elder son Dr Jeffery Harrison, the Museum focused on the study of Palaearctic birds. Together, James and Jeffery also founded an innovative and successful bird reserve, which was imaginatively developed from a series of former industrial gravel pits. Jeffery's wife, Pamela is an award winning wildlife photographer.

 

Subsequently, under the leadership of Dr David Harrison (James's younger son), the Institute increasingly focused on the study and conservation of mammals. David initially specialised  on the Arabian mammal fauna, becoming the world authority on the subject, writing a three volume monograph The Mammals of Arabia, and promoting the conservation of the Arabian Tahr.

 

David also had great interest in African small mammals/bats and undertook numerous field surveys and studied the taxonomy of mammals in both the Old and New World. In his later years, he worked on the fossil mammal faunas of the UK, Poland and Thailand. All four Harrisons - James, Jeffery, Pamela and David - were medical practitioners by profession.

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Harrison Institute is a registered
UK charity (No: 268830) and CITES listed (GB010)