Night Safari

Things to do, Talks and lectures
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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These exclusive night tours allow visitors to get up close to some of the Natural History Museum's behind-the-scenes specimens, with a seasonal theme influencing the curation of what's in store. May's 'Time Machine' event will explore the past, present and future of the Museum, with three scientists sharing pioneering research and revealing exciting samples. Be sure to grab a complimentary drink in Hintze Hall before the tour starts. 



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Went to the TimeOut special event, as part of their museum lates. The event cost £40 and included one free drink.

When we got there, the line was quite long, from inside, winding round and ending outside. After registering and picking up our free drinks, we made our way to our section. We were on the Fashion Tour: How nature affects fashion. The first talk was from one of the Museum Curators on Seaweed; we got to see some specimens and an image of an Alexander McQueen dress featuring one seaweed species. If I'm honest, it wasn't the most riveting talk but was interesting to see how Seaweed has influenced even modern fashion design.

Next up, a talk from a Lecturer/Fashion Designer about Biomimicry. The art of using designs in nature and mimicking in some form.

Lastly was from the NHM Retail Buyer and owner of Klements, Charlotte Allen, about the new collection, specific to the NHM. A range of beautiful designs and products, including scarves and dresses. Best talk of the night in my opinion and I really enjoyed finding out about Charlotte's background.

After the tour ended, we were all given an hour to wander around at our leisure and have a look at the other exhibits.

Food on offer for the night was Moroccan: lamb tagine with cous cous, salad and flat bread. Absolutely delicious!

All in all, a really good night and thanks to TimeOut for another fantastic, exclusive and sold out night!

Really bad-haven't felt so annoyed by an event in a long time. Poorly organised for the large crowd that it attracted which ment waiting in line for ages at the start and at the bar. The title could simply be 'talks at the natural history museum' as the only link between this event and the museum was the fact that they were taking place in it. Boring talks without engagement and that extra twist that would be needed to make this an interesting event and not a lecture night. At some point there wasn't even space for one of the talks of my group and I was excited at the opportunity of skipping it to wander around the museum, yet that was impossible as many spaces were shut and lectures were taking place in others. Yes, those same very boring lectures.