You think Mondays are dull and boring? Well, they tend to be. Most of the times. The word exciting is not one that comes to mind when thinking about Monday – not even during the evening. This is one of the reasons why I was happy enough to attend an evening do at the `science cathedral´, the Natural History Museum in London.
I was quite flattered. A PR agency had invited me to attend through this blog on behalf of the sponsors, a well-known firm in the finance sector. Who would´ve thought? It was quite exciting, as I wasn´t sure what to really expect from the evening.
There was no better way to start. My friend and I were greeted with a champagne cocktail in the nicely decorated area at the entrance where Dippy lived. Dippy is the 107 year-old diplodocus skeleton replica donated by billionnaire Andrew Carnegie. Some volunteers managers at the museum would take the probably around 100 guests divided up into smaller groups to meet the scientists who worked at the museum.
The Natural History Museum is one of those places you just have to see in London. It is not just what contains, but also the building itself. This is something I referred to in my last blog entry when I talked about an art exhibition in a rather different venue. The museum has its origins after the Great Exhibition in 1851. Prince Albert ensured that the large financial surplus was used to open educational establishments which in time gave us the Science Museum, the V&A Museum and the Natural History Museum.
Now, why cathedral? The whole building was conceived as a reflection of the knowledge that the it was going to contain. It is a stunning building that you should never miss!
The theme of the night was metamorphosis. That is, the evolution from one state into another. We got to hear from the curators of the five sections in the museum what it is that the museum does, why and a bit of insight into their day-to-day working lives. We saw huge cattlefish, interesting skulls and a bat octopus to name but a few.
Even the yucky insects section was interesting – why didn´t I have such enthusiastic teachers at school? They were good communicators, which is not something you get that easily when talking to a specialist. Prof Brian Cox springs to mind here for obvious reasons.
At the end of the night, there was a lovely dance performance. I have attached some pics below which are supplied by James Carnegie Photography.
It was a nice start of the week, and I am grateful that people took an interest in what I write. Don´t miss the museum!