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Science Uncovered - Natural History Museum

Science Uncovered

Event preview

IN WHAT will be its largest ever after hours event, the Natural History Museum is presenting Science Uncovered – on Friday, September 23, 2011.

Visitors to Science Uncovered will have a unique opportunity to meet world-class scientists and take part in science first hand, from collecting and processing crime scene evidence to experiencing the other side of the operating table in a pop-up surgery.

This year’s event promises to challenge the way people engage with science, bringing visitors even closer to the cutting-edge work of the Museum’s scientists.

Several precious never-before-seen specimens will also be unveiled at the event by Museum curators and researchers such as the teeth of Boxgrove man, the oldest human remains found in Britain. The team will be on hand to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding these objects, highlighting how they are contributing to vital research today.

A series of discussions will address some of the hot issues of the day. A highlight includes award-winning journalist Tim Radford and British adventurer David de Rothschild joining Museum scientists to debate the impact of our increasing need for petroleum and natural resources on our principles, as well as the earth and economy.

Hundreds of leading Museum researchers will be involved in the event giving visitors the chance to discover more about the important work they are undertaking, and, following the massive success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s Science Uncovered will be even bigger with more than 30 different tours, numerous talks and science stations for visitors to enjoy.

There will also be hourly shows in the Attenborough Studio that will focus on a variety of scientific issues and projects such as unravelling the world of spider dating.


Science stations – work alongside Museum scientists at the cutting-edge of their fields, from building a virtual library of life on Earth to experiencing the other side of the operating table in a pop-up hospital.

Crime Scene Live – try your hand at crime scene evidence collecting and discover how forensic anthropologists can help identify victims using just the bones.

Guided tours – join Museum researchers for exclusive tours to see their behind-the-scenes work, including the opportunity to see the giant squid and the Museum’s DNA lab. Tours must be booked in advance and are available in English, French, Spanish and Italian. Book tickets online at

The Natural History Roadshow – bring in your own mystery natural history finds and quiz Museum experts to identify them at the event’s answer to the Antiques Roadshow.

Science Fight Club – debate some of today’s controversial science issues. Should we save the giant panda? Are virtual natural history collections better than physical ones? Come along and have your say.

Nature Live – get immersed in the natural world in the Attenborough Studio, with the programme of interactive events. Highlights include live links to night fishing on the Thames, and finding out more about space and Mars from NASA.

Science Bar – enjoy a Friday night out in the Museum’s stunning Grade-1 listed building and take the chance to chat to scientists over a drink about some of the burning issues of the day, from climate change to space research.

Science Uncovered is part of the EU-funded Researchers’ Nights. Across Europe more than 100 cities will hold similar events showing how exciting and vital research is to our lives.

Admission: Free

Time: 4pm to 11pm.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 5000