Christmas Fossils

Christmas fossil

Published by Smith Journal – – You’d think an executive and a lawyer, who also held down unpaid research positions at a museum, would have more than enough on their plates without taking on intricate arts and crafts projects. But for many years in the early 1900s, Arthur Earland, a high-ranking civil servant at the…

Specimen of the Month #14: our new Stegosaurus

Stegosaurus

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – First things first – I know our new Stegosaurus is no longer behind the scenes, and now grandly stands at the Museum’s Exhibition Road entrance. I know that a lot has already been written and reported about it, so there can’t be much more left for…

Specimen of the Month #13: a wasp of some renown

Lubbock's wasp

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – The topic of my blog today came about via two quite random and seemingly un-related incidents. The first was a lunchtime walk to Hyde Park and a sneak through an open gate to catch a view of the Victorian-era pet cemetery near Bayswater Road. Among the…

An Interview With: David Hoffman

David Hoffman at work

Photojournalist David Hoffman has spent more than 40 years photographing the happenings on the streets of London, with a particular focus on his East End hometown, and with his lens predominantly focused on those less fortunate than most. His subjects have included the homeless, the addicted, and the enraged, and spanned slums, shelters, and the…

One more piece in the tale of Dippy’s tail

Dippy's cast tail bone

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – Following my blog the other week about the various Diplodocus casts around the world, and the various positions of their tails, I began to wonder about what happened to the original tail of our own Diplodocus after it was replaced and repositioned in 1993. Are the…

Specimen of the Month #12: all of them!

calcite crystal ammonite

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – It’s almost a year since I started blogging for the Museum, and as I considered what I should profile for my 12th Specimen of the Month, I inevitably began to reflect on all the amazing specimens I’ve already written about, those on my list to write…

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…