On Friday April 20th, Charlotte and three of her school friends travelled to London to sleep at the Natural History Museum’s DinoSnore as part of Charlotte’s 10th birthday (sponsored by KinderHotels). We were entertained from the moment the doors opened until lights went out at midnight then from breakfast until the museum opened. The fun (and learning!) never stopped. There was about 150-200 children and occupying adults. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Charlotte, DinoSnore, Dippy, Natural History Museum
January 24th, 2012Culture
For the first time real artefacts used by Scott and his team, with rare scientific specimens collected on their expedition are brought together. By combining the historical, scientific and polar expertise of the partners, this exhibition is able to go beyond the familiar tales of the journey to the Pole and the death of the polar party to explore the Terra Nova expedition from every angle.
December 30th, 2011Culture
My family went to Oxford to visit Pitt Rivers Museums and Oxford University Museum of Natural History. While there, and as it was so close, we also went to Britain’s First Museum Ashmolean Museum (next blog).Tags: Kids in Museums, museums, Natural History Museum, Oxford
Charlotte and I had a fun filled weekend in London.
After a lovely journey on Virgin Trains, we headed over to Bloomsbury Thistle Hotel. The last time we went to London we were a little disappointed in this hotel as the elevator and key lock stopped working. This time, they more than made up for it! The room was large, with all the amenities you expect and then some.
We barely put our bags in the gorgeous room before heading back out as we were meeting Laura Porter from GoLondon.about.com and her daughter A at the Science Museum to see the Hidden Heroes exhibition. The exhibition explores everyday items that we use almost everyday and invites you to think of where you’d be without them. Most of the items (if not all) have been mentioned in Justin Pollard’s book Boffinology (which is a brilliant book).Tags: #savelibraries, Covent Gardens, ice skating, museums, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Tower of London, V&A
October 22nd, 2011Culture
On Thursday, 20th of October I traveled to London for a packed Cultural-filled day which started at the Natural History Museum, moved to V&A, British Museum, Convent Garden and finally Royal Society of Artists.
The day started with meeting Laura Porter, London Travel Guide (@AboutLondon) and very good friend who I was taking as a guest to the Natural History Museums Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year preview event. Simon Quicke (@Insidebooks) met us at the event.
The exhibition is the top selection of International wildlife photographers from amateurs to professional. The preview gave us an opportunity to see all the fabulous photographs before it opened to the public, and also discuss the works with some of the photographers.Tags: British Museum, Culture, London, museums, Natural History Museum, NHM
August 29th, 2011Culture
Anyone who knows me, knows my passion and love for the Natural History Museum. Through the power of social media, I’ve been able to build my relationship with the internationally renowned museum.
I had arranged to interview Ian as Charlotte and I were in London to attend our first proms together. Ian was kind enough to make time with short notice.
How long have you been Manager?
Five years, but been at the museum for 14 years
What is your biggest achievement?
It may seem strange, but putting the accessibility toilets and baby changing facility in (located by Exhibition Road). It was 2004 and the Disability was passed and although we met the guidelines, I wanted to do more.
What is your proudest moment?
The Launch of the Darwin Centre in September 2005. Seeing all the different elements of Natural History Museum come together – visitor services, tours, presenting, etc.
What is the vision for the future?
Our focus for the next 2-3 years is to increase visitor focus within our organization.
How many visitors did you have last year?Tags: Interview, London, museums, Natural History Museum
4.2 million and another 120,000 that visiting Tring.
July 21st, 2011Culture
About a week ago, Natural History Museum (London) emailed to let me know they were going to be asking people on Twitter to come to the museum for a ‘special’ mission.
Immediately intrigued, I waited for more information. I didn’t have long as I soon found out they were asking people who love the museum to come in on July 20th to be filmed. But that’s all that was said. Sadly, getting to London is not an easy task so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to go but, luckily, it was offered that I could film Charlotte and I, then send it into them.
However, when I told Michael about the event, he purchased train tickets for me to go as he knows how passionate I am about NHM. [Charlotte is going to film a separate bit to be added.]
So on July 20h, I arrived in London in time to meet with the other Tweeters who responded to the Museum’s quest for volunteers. We were given a bit more information – but not much. On arrival, we were taken to the gorgeous CentralHall, where a camera crew were set up near Dippy the Diplodocus (@NHM_Dippy). We were asked to make a sign (which I spent *way* too much time on creating..) then each of us were filmed saying why we loved Dippy and our memories of the museum. I babbled on and actually had to say it all again as my enthusiasm was a bit hurried for them. If allowed, I probably could have spoken for an hour on my love of the museum. I did mention something about wanting to marry it if allowed.
When we were done, I still had another hour or so to look around before the museum closed. I immediately headed over to the Attenborough Studios and watched two very brilliant films.Tags: Culture, Natural History Museum