Meet the scientists behind the scenes

Event information

Event type: meet the scientist, tour

Location: Zoology spirit building

Suitable for: Post-16 (ages 16-18), key stage 4 (ages 14-16)

Capacity: 60 people, including teachers

Duration: 30 minutes (tour) plus 45 minutes (meet the scientist)

Ticket prices:

£3 per student (tour), £3 per student (meet the scientist)
Booking required

A facilitated meet the scientist session combined with a behind the scenes tour led by one of our experienced Science Educators.

Students will discover the wide range of careers that studying science can lead to, whilst learning about specimen collection, taxonomy and the natural world.

  • A behind the scenes tour of the spirit collection (animals preserved in spirit) and its 22 million specimens featuring such highlights as Archie the giant squid and Darwin's pet octopus.
  • A facilitated group discussion with a Museum scientist who will discuss their cutting-edge research using modern scientific techniques, then open the floor to questions to develop students’ scientific knowledge, ignite their curiosity about the natural world and give them an insight into working scientifically, and appreciate the relevance of science to their everyday lives.
  • Free time to explore the Museum, including the Darwin Centre's Cocoon, which shows how our scientists use the collections to help understand the natural world and protect biodiversity.

Curriculum links:  KS4 Biology - the development of scientific thinking; ecosystems; evolution, inheritance and variation

Session times and duration

The Spirit Collection Tours run between 10.30 and 13.00 and last for 30 minutes. When you book, the team will arrange a time for your tour and reserve a spot for lunch in the picnic area. Each tour takes a maximum of 10 students, so larger school groups will be split into different time slots.

The discussion with our scientist starts at 13.30 and runs for 45 minutes. 

Students can explore the rest of the Museum during the free time between these sessions.

Event dates
13 September 2018 All Day
20 September 2018 All Day
27 September 2018 All Day
4 October 2018 All Day
11 October 2018 All Day
18 October 2018 All Day
1 November 2018 All Day
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How to book

Call our school bookings team on +44(0)20 7942 5555. 

Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00.

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions before booking.

Essential information

Everything you need to know for a smooth-running day, from where to go for lunch to completing a risk assessment.

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