Exactly a year after my last visit I returned to the Natural History Museum [nhm.ac.uk] this morning to see the new Wildlife Photographer of the Year [nhm.ac.uk] exhibition. Stupidly I forgot to book in advance so it took 80 minutes of queuing to get inside the museum but it was absolutely worth it ?? the photos in the exhibition were simply stunning. After I??d finished I took a little time to explore the museum some more, dodging the hoards of noisy children who, like me, are on their half term holiday. The most surprising find of the day was the Cocoon [nhm.ac.uk]in the new Darwin Centre. This amazing egg-shaped construction sits inside a modern wing and houses the museum??s archives. As you walk through you can also look through to the research laboratories and see people at work conserving the museum??s treasures. Having only seen the traditional Victorian architecture before this was an unexpected bonus.
May 25, 2017