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GET CRACKING!

Free Easter events at the Natural History Museum
Monday 21 to Thursday 31 March 2005

Webcast live at www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre/live

Are warm winters confusing our wildlife and changing springtime for good? Find out in free events at the Natural History Museum plus discover how the rabbit conquered Britain, why chocolate makes you feel good and what makes the egg so perfect.

Easter Chocolate
Monday 21 and Thursday 24 March, 12.00 and 14.30
This Easter, get a taste of the story behind chocolate. First made by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs in Central America, it is one of the most popular flavours in the world today. Discover more about the plant they called 'the food of the Gods', its medicinal properties and how it tastes made the Mayan way. A must for chocoholics.

A Rabbit’s Tale
Tuesday 22 March, 12.00 and 14.30
When not delivering eggs, bunnies have a mixed relationship with people – sometimes they’re pets, sometimes pests and sometimes they end up on our plates. But did you know they only came to Britain less than 1,000 years ago? Discover how the humble rabbit conquered our country, with a little help from William I.

Cracking Open the Egg
Friday 25 to Monday 28 March, 12.00 and 14.30
From slimy caviar to grand ostrich eggs, discover why eggs are perfectly adapted for their purpose in an ‘eggs-ploration’ of one of nature’s architectural masterpieces.

Is Spring Still in Season?
Wednesday 23 and Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 March, 12.00 and 14.30
Easter is when many plants and animals start their springtime. But with trees blossoming in September and chicks hatching in December, are the seasons really all mixed up? Come and explore phenology, the study of how nature knows when to nest, flower and hatch.

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 www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre/live.

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Visitor information
Dates: Monday 21 to Thursday 31 March 2005
Admission: free
Venue: Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000 Monday–Friday, 020 7942 5011 Saturday and Sunday
Website: www.nhm.ac.uk/darwincentre/live

For further information, please contact:

Jo Glyde or Chloe Kembery, Science Communication PR
Tel: 020 7942 5880/5881
Email j.glyde@nhm.ac.uk or c.kembery@nhm.ac.uk
(not for publication)

Issued February 2005