Dressing up

Dressing up is fun. It always has been. When you’re a child you get to dress up and be a fireman, a knight or a princess but when you’re a grown up, you don’t really get the chance to get creative with your clothing quite so much. When I was researching videos produced by museums…

Top Ten facts about Stegosaurus

With its eye-catching ridges along its back, Stegosaurus is one of the most well-known of the dinosaurs. With the Natural History Museum putting the most complete skeleton of one, named Sophie (because we all like to give things nick-names) on display in their dramatic Earth Hall, this intrepid Museum Adventurer has decided to investigate the…

Museums in Books: Kraken

It’s time for another thrilling installment of Museums in Books! This time, I’m not exploring museums from children’s books, no, we’ve graduated to looking at a  book for grown-ups. The book in question: China Miéville’s Kraken. The focus of this book is the Naural History Museum’s giant squid , which you can see on the museum’s…

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Who doesn’t love a woolly mammoth? They look like cuddly elephants (on that note, you can buy cuddly mammoths in the shop). Working with Kids in Museums has given me an extra fondness for these be-haired behemoths, so how could I resist popping along to the Natural History Museum to see an exhibition all about…

Cavemen and Cannibals: One Million Years of the Human Story

A lot can happen in a million years. Hell, a lot can happen in a day, let alone a million years. In this post, I’ve been looking at a new exhibition from the Natural History Museum that explores what has happened in Britain over the last 100,000,000 years. You know what? It was a surprisingly…

How a moth started a good conversation

If this was a late Victorian novel, this post would have a long-winded and over-blown subtitle. Something along the lines of “Or, How Posting A Picture Of A Moth Prompted An Unexpected But Lovely Conversation With A National Museum.”  But, the fact of the matter is, this is a blog post, not a late Victorian novel,…

Spirit Tour at the Natural History Museum

Despite being called a Spirit Tour, and taking place in a part of the Natural History Museum dubbed The Spirit Building, this particular Museum Adventure has absolutely nothing to do with ghosts whatsoever (for those kinds of Museum Adventures, look over here…) I know, it’s a bit disappointing isn’t it? But never fear, although there…

Great Fakes: Piltdown Man

After hearing the story of a fake bureau from some dodgy Eastbourne antique dealers on a tour of the Royal Observatory I got to thinking about another great fake: the Piltdown Man. It seems like the South Coast is full of tricksters trying their luck with outrageous (and yet, somehow plausible) fibs. What was the Piltdown…

Exploring the Sedgewick Museum

There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that all Natural History Museums *must* be  architecturally stunning.I’m constantly and consistently blown away by all the detailed wonder of London’s Natural History Museum. The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is also a sight to behold (check out that roof!). Although not quite in the same awe-inspiring…