Within a few years of the opening of The Society's Curiosity Shop (now Museum) 'Viktor Wynd's Little Shop of Horrors' we had become perhaps the countries leading dealer in Natural History and generally (perhaps unfairly) acclaimed in the press as being behind the huge upsurge of interest in what had been a forgotten Victorian obsession. In 2009 we went one step further when as part of her residency in The Society's Museum New Yorker Joanna Ebenstein (of Morbid Anatomy fame) flew out a taxidermist to teach a class in Anthropomorphic Mouse Taxidermy and a new craze was born. Since then The Society has taught literally thousands of budding taxidermists – many of whom have gone on to become professional taxidermists – many even teaching their own classes. Taxidermy is a craft and an art, and like many crafts the basics themselves are fairly easy to grasp, and in our lessons we aim to introduce you to the basic concepts and techniques involved, you may go on, take more classes, practice at home and become a highly skilled practitioner or you may simply take what you stuffed home and enjoy it, and also have a greater understanding of the craft behind taxidermy whenever you see it.
The classes are taught by master taxidermist Tonja Grung –a member of The Guild of Taxidermists who has many years of experience both in the craft of taxidermy and teaching.
The Last Tuesday Society is a 'pataphysical organisation founded by William James at Harvard in the 1870s and transplanted to London in 2005 by Viktor Wynd. Based out of what was originally a curiosity shop and art gallery and is now a Museum of Curiosities & Cocktail Bar in Hackney the society has historically put on a bewildering array of spectacular events - from Seances at The Cafe Royal, to a boutique festival Wyndstock at Houghton Hall in Norfolk to vast Masquerade & Halloween Balls; The Society's activities have been covered by the global press - from The BBC, Vogue, CNN to the Financial Times, The Sun & Easy Jet MagazineViktor Wynd's first book published by Prestel/Random House in autumn 2014 received favourable reviews from a diverse media grouping - from The Times Literary Supplement and The New Statesman to Country Live and Taxidermy Magazine and he has been giving sold out lectures both at popular events like the Lost Lectures, 5x15, Olympia antiques Fair and to more academic institutions such as Manchester University, The British Library & The Barbican. He himself has been the subject of a documentary on The National Geographic Channel watched by over 180 million people worldwide and has recently appeared on the BBC's collectoholics program and a documentary on Cabinets of Curiosities
2018 Classes Include Mouse, Crow, Peacock, Unicorn, Butterflies, Foxes, Emu & many more
Dec 31st 2018 - Dec 31st 2018
Beginner evening & weekend classes - Learn from the experts teaching Mouse Taxidermy since 2009
Mar 1st 2018 - Mar 1st 2027
Learn to prepare and stuff a crow
Apr 1st 2017 - Dec 31st 2026
Beginner evening entomological classes in the preparation, setting and preservation of butterflies & Moths
Jan 16th 2017 - Jan 1st 2025
Learn The Craft of Taxidermy and Stuff a Small Mammal
Apr 2nd 2017 - Sep 2nd 2026
Book a Private Class To Learn To Stuff What You Want When You Want For Individuals, Couples, Families, Educational Institutions & Corporations
Mar 15th 2017 - Mar 1st 2026
Learn the principles of reptile taxidermy & take your creation home.
Jun 1st 2017 - Mar 3rd 2027