Looking out of my office window at the grey fug of rain cloud hanging over the London skyline I am rather hoping that the last of our first ever summer After Hours, tonight 27 August, doesn't turn out weather-wise to be a bit of a damp squid.
If it does rain, we’ll shift the bar and food offer into the Darwin Centre atrium but as I’ve been assured that the forecast is for fine weather I am keeping my fingers crossed we can bask in the last of the summer After Hours sunshine(!)
As well as the last chance to visit The Deep Sea exhibition in the evening, we are very much looking forward to having Stitch London here for Stitch a Squid, a 3-hour knitting event. If you would like to create the rather cute mini squid shown above, then come along any time from 18.30 and Stitch London will be very happy to teach you this very simple pattern. And you can take mini squid home with you.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the artistry of Stitch London’s organiser Lauren O’Farrell and her team. Lauren has knitted a life-size model (8 metres) of our giant squid, Archie, out of recycled plastic bags, a truly amazing feat, bearing in mind that when we met up 2 weeks ago, when Lauren came in for a photo shoot, she’d only knitted about 2 foot of it!
Knitted Archie will be on display in our Central Hall, and is truly a sight not to be missed. The Stitch Londoners are also displaying some amazing tiny knitted marine specimens dotted around the hall, so look out for these. Here's Lauren busy photographing one of the tiny specimens, on the right.
Ricardo Curbelo, an amazing Columbian harpist of international renown will be playing some of his Latin American rhythms in the Darwin Centre atrium so do try to catch him.
We're hoping Archie the knitted giant squid will make an appearance back at the Museum in the near future.
At our last August After Hours, we've also got a fascinating talk about the historic HMS Challenger journey by marine expert Tony Rice, in the Attenborough Studio.
We've enjoyed this first season of summer After Hours, and we will soon planning our winter run of After Hours - the late night opening of Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
In the meantime, watch out for our special After Hours science festival coming next on 24 September.