Specimen Preparation: Natural History Museum
Proving extremely popular during our 2012
half term event, we have been invited back to
the museum to run this activity on several
occasions in 2013. We have enlarged it to now take over the entire Atrium, with 3 x preparators and an assistant and a commentator on a public address system!
Families spend time with one of our
specimen preparators. They are classiﬁed
(as their favourite creatures, or sometimes
plant-life) and then energetically
transformed before the crowd using
cardboard, felt, tubing, fur, fabric and
ping pong balls.
These new specimens are labelled and photographed either in a drawer or a life-size display case. This piece was originally devised in consultation with a museum entomologist.