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Renew your energy naturally this half-term


Half-term events for children at the Natural History Museum
20–31 October 2004

Join the debate on renewable energy this half-term, one of the many activities on offer at the Natural History Museum. Families are invited to meet our scientists, investigate real specimens hands-on, and encounter some gallery characters.

Families can also find out who this year’s Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year is. The 2004 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase winning images of the competition, some taken by children as young as seven. Each image captures the extraordinary beauty and diversity of the natural world, and is a ‘must see’ for all ages.

Darwin Centre Live series: Renewable Energy Weekend
Renewable Energy Weekend: How Practical Is It?
The government wants to have ten per cent of our energy produced from renewable resources by 2010. Why? And what are renewable resources? This weekend at the Museum’s Darwin Centre is devoted to looking at all the aspects of renewable energy, what it is, how the targets can be achieved and what it means to the environment and maintaining the world’s biodiversity. Examples of success stories will include West Beacon Farm, said to be one of the best examples of sustainable living. A working farm of 20 hectares, it has many renewable features including: a micro hydroelectric generator, wind turbines, its own sewerage system, a system to collect and filter rainwater and two electric cars. Come and join owners Tony and Angela Marmont to discuss questions such as: what is renewable energy, how does it help the environment and what environmentally friendly changes can you make if you live in a built-up area? This event is suitable for children aged 10 and over.

Dates and times: Saturday 30 October, 14.30 and Sunday 31 October, 12.00
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2004
Travel the world with the winners of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, seeing the wonders of nature through their eyes. This annual exhibition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, showcases the best wildlife pictures taken by photographers worldwide, who capture the beauty, drama and diversity of life on Earth.

Dates: 23 October 2004 – 17 April 2005
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: £5, £3 concessions, £12 family, FREE to under 5s, NHM Members and Patrons
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/wildphoto

Investigate
Get a feel for how scientists work by doing it yourself. Bring your own questions or use some of ours at the Natural History Museum’s hands-on science centre, Investigate. Come and explore hundreds of real specimens from the natural world that can be picked up and examined. Investigate is recommended for 7–14 year olds.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00–16.30,
Sundays 11.00–16.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/quest

Gallery characters
Intriguing characters wander the galleries of the Natural History Museum sharing interesting scientific stories with all they meet. You might encounter palaeontologist Dorothea Bate, talking about her work at the Museum and her amazing expeditions, while Sir Hans Sloane enthuses about his vast collections and his special role in bringing chocolate into our lives! You might meet Carl Linnaeus, the great eighteenth-century scientist who developed a brilliant idea for naming all living things or pioneer fossil hunter Mary Anning who will invite you to examine some extraordinary fossil evidence.

Dates: Carl Linnaeus 27, 28 October
Hans Sloane 27, 28 October
Mary Anning 29 October
Dorothea Bate 29 October
Times: 11.30–15.30
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

Explorers backpacks
Pick up your passport, grab your binoculars and put on your backpack to become an explorer at the Natural History Museum! Filled with pens, paper, games and activities for families with children under seven, these bright red backpacks help you to navigate and explore the Museum’s galleries. Choose from themes including birds, mammals, oceans, primates and monsters.

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE. £25 deposit required.
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

Action Stations
A chance for families to visit our nature trolley, look at some specimens and try one of the activities based around the Mammals gallery.

Dates and times: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October,
11.00–16.00
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Admission: FREE
Nearest tube: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/education

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Visitor information
Admission: FREE
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00–17.50,
Sunday 11.00–17.50
Visitor enquiries: Monday–Friday 020 7942 5000,
Saturday and Sunday 020 7942 5011
Nearest station: South Kensington
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

If you would like to receive full October listings, require pictures or further information, please contact:

Natalie Brooke, Becky Chetley or Sarah Hoyle
Natural History Museum Press Office
Tel: 020 7942 5654 / 5106
Email: press@nhm.ac.uk  (not for publication)

Issued September 2004