Cousins Across The Centuries

dodos and pigeons

The most famous symbol of human-caused extinction – the dodo – and the ubiquitous pigeon have more in common than you might think. If you had been walking the narrow, cobbled streets of seventeenth-century London, your nose assaulted by the stench of sewage, edging your way along against the Tudor buildings for fear of being…

I Like Evolution And I Cannot Lie

Sir Mix-A-Lot

Published by Smith Journal – – When Sir Mix-a-Lot sang about big butts, there was more to it than just aesthetics. Well, maybe not for him. But, what the more scientifically-minded may already know is that he wouldn’t have been able to even physically sing the song if it hadn’t been for his own –…

Signs (or stamps and seals) of the time

Museum stamps and impressions

Natural History Museum Behind the scenes blog – – Maybe it was too much cheese and wine… over the festive break I had dream about a potential blog topic: detailing the different designs used by the Museum on wax seal stamps over the years. Of course, when I woke up and my dreamy head cleared, I…

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…

Custom-Built Cocktail

artwork by Mike Hall

Sourcing ingredients from the best bespoke producers going, we dream up the ultimate in custom quaffing. Four key components must come together to make the perfect cocktail – vessel, liquid, ice, garnish – and increasingly drink creators and consumers are shunning off-the-shelf ingredients for something a little more unique. Folks want bespoke. With that in…

Body Building

Body Building

A company in London does a roaring trade in arms, legs, torsos and various other body parts. Set back from the street in Walthamstow, a newly hip suburb of London, stands a 4500-square-metre warehouse. The red brick building is home to proportion>london, manufacturer of display mannequins and bust forms, and “probably the biggest library of…

An Interview With: Sophie Atherton

beer sommelier

The UK is currently revelling in a new age of beer. From new breweries to new brewing techniques, the cultural attitude towards the amber nectar is changing, for the better. One person at the forefront of that new age – who is pioneering a bit of change herself – is beer sommelier Sophie Atherton. With…