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Delicious or deadly:puff balls to poison pies

Fantastic Fungi, a series of free Darwin Centre Live events at the Natural History Museum Sunday 12 to Wednesday 15
and Friday 17 September
Webcast live at

Stuffed, stir-fried or in soup, we love to eat fungi. But would you want to cook up a wood woolly foot, poison pie or fairy parasol? Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a free series of Darwin Centre Live talks foraging in the world of mushrooms and including a cookery demonstration by Antonio Carluccio.

From Puff Balls to Poison Pies
Sunday 12 September
They’re not plants or animals and though some taste great others will kill you. Explore the wild, weird world of fungi with members of the British Mycological Society.

Fantastic Fungi Live from Nottingham
Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 September

Join the UK’s top fungi experts as they get together for the big fungi meet. The Darwin Centre Live team will be linking live to Nottingham so that you can speak to them and find out more.

Antonio Carluccio and the Complete Mushroom
Friday 17 September
From Japanese delicacies to the British fry-up, we love to eat fungi. Join Antonio Carluccio, celebrity chef and author of The Complete Mushroom Book, to discover which fungi are safe to eat, watch him cook live and taste the results.

Darwin Centre Live in the GlaxoSmithKline Studio at the Natural History Museum is a free programme of informal events where visitors can talk to scientists, hear more about their work at the Museum and around the world and see the fascinating specimens they work with. For further information, please contact the Natural History Museum by calling 020 7942 5000 or visit

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Visitor information
Venue: Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Dates: Sunday 12 to Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 September
Public enquiries: 020 7942 5000
Entry: free to all

The Natural History Museum is open Monday - Saturday 10.00-17.50, Sunday-11.00-17.50
The Natural History Museum's public enquiries telephone number is 020 7942 5000
The Museum is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
For access details telephone 020 7942 5000
Entry to the Museum: FREE

For images or further information, please contact:

Jo Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communication PR
Tel: 020 7942 5880/5881
Email: or
(not for publication)

Issued September 2004