Seeing double Dippy

Double Dippy - Diplodocus carnegii

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – On a little trip to Paris recently I met Dippy’s identical twin. Our iconic Diplodocus in Hintze Hall, affectionately known as Dippy, is actually a cast taken from the type specimen of Diplodocus carnegii, which was unearthed in Wyoming, USA in 1898. The original fossil stands…

Specimen of the Month #11: a miniature model of Stonehenge

mini Stonehenge

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – Earlier this year I was able to cross one of those important ‘must do’ items off my list when I attended my first Summer Solstice celebration at Stonehenge. It was my fourth visit to the prehistoric monument, but the first time I was able to go…

An A-Z Of Kate Bush’s Come-Back Concert

Kate Bush ticket

I was lucky. Very lucky. In March, I managed to buy a pair of tickets to one of Kate Bush’s 22 live shows (her first in 35 years) in the 15 minutes before they sold out. Last night was the big night. Last night I saw Kate Bush present Before The Dawn. It was a musical…

The Love Locks Of Paris

love locks

Paramours vs preservationists on the Seine’s bridges:

For around five years, one of the most visible, if not iconic, symbols of love in Paris – the city of love – has been the padlocks affixed to the Seine crossings, Pont des Arts and Pont de l’Archevêché.

Known as love locks, these ritualistic tokens involve couples inscribing their…

Senses, Drinks and Rock n Roll

senses, drinks and rock n roll

Why do guitars taste of hops? It wasn’t a question I’d ever considered until I saw it posed as the title of a multi-sensory beer and music matching event.

I was intrigued; and as a casual ale drinker, keen music fan, and a writer with an interest in science, I felt compelled to investigate.

And…

Lolita, Lepidoptera and us

Nabokov butterflies

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – It’s 56 years ago this week that Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita was published in America (55 years in the UK). What does that have to do with the Museum, you might ask? Well, the Russian-born writer was also a keen lepidopterist. He published nine scientific papers…

Specimen of the Month #9: a carved hornbill skull

carved hornbill skull

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – ‘Art is only nature operating with the aid of the instruments she has made': Paul Henri, Baron d’Holbach; French philosopher. Rarely have I come across a quote more fitting, than the above to the subject of this month’s blog: a carved hornbill skull held in the…