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Today, instead of ‘Summertime’ playing in my head as it was at May's After Hours, Victoria Wood’s ‘Let’s Do It' is ringing out loud and clear. Why? Because we hope you will enthusiastically embrace the late-night opening of our Sexual Nature summer exhibition.

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I asked Mike Sarna, our cheerful American head of exhibition planning, to tell me how After Hours visitors might consider Sexual Nature. Mike told me that the exhibition is about animals and us – as we are human animals - and seeing the Sexual Nature exhibition (pictured above) is a good way to learn about ourselves and our loved ones.

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‘People can take a very active approach to the exhibition or a passive approach, they can leave comments, discuss it with their friends, anonymously vote if they believe in true love or not. The range in the sexual spectrum mirrors itself in the animal kingdom.’

 

To get you even more in the mood for Sexual Nature, tonight we also have our smoky-eyed roving troubadour Sebastian Darcy-Heathcliff (right), aka Jack Merivale, who will be smoulderig near the exhibition gallery with his guitar. Sebastian will be reciting some of your favourite lurve songs with more than a glint of humour in his roving troubadour eye. And if you are lucky, he may even compose a new one just for you

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Left: Fingerprinting kit for tonight's Crime Scene NHM special event at After Hours

Switching seamlessly from sex to death, we have a really fascinating event, Crime Scene: NHM, at this Friday's After Hours. At this you’ll get the chance to learn some of our world class forensic experts’ tricks of the trade as you take part in a ‘forensic investigation’ here at the Museum. The event culminates in a ‘trial’ where real barristers, police officers and a judge will demonstrate just how important forensic evidence is to a verdict. But there are only a few tickets left so hurry to get in on the crime scene.

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Switching less seamlessly to dinosaurs, don’t forget that our equally immersive dinosaur experience, the Age of the Dinosaur exhibition, is also available for you to experience after hours.

 

With apologies, our Darwin Centre Courtyard terrace will only have limited access this Friday due to construction work, but you can still enjoy your Pimms out there. Mini picnics should be picked up from the Darwin Centre atrium as usual.

 

Right: Pick up your Mini picnic in the Darwin Centre atrium, where you can also sip Pimms from the bar.

 

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The sun is shining, at least in my head, which is good news for the second of our summer After Hours.

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Tonight, as well as the late night opening of the Deep Sea exhibition and the Darwin Centre, we have a special free event out on the Darwin Centre Courtyard terrace – Round the World Ping, which is part of Ping! London.

 

We’ve had a ping pong table out on our East Lawn for the past week now, but tonight it’ll be out on the Courtyard Terrace for what promises to be a highly entertaining experience. Come along and have a bash, or just have a drink and watch the sun go down.

 

Last Saturday, our ping pong table was in action for the very amusing Passport to Pingland challenge, at which a national table tennis coach and a colleague came along to oversee several hours of ping action from our visitors. We had all styles of play then, most uniquely from the keen little 2-year old boy, see below, who had to stand on the table to see over the top of it!

 

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Table tennis is a great fun game. Although following my tragic failure this week to reignite my previous Olympic-level talent, I shall be giving the table a miss. But I look forward to seeing everyone else having a good time this evening. Find out more about Ping! at the Museum on our website.

 

Our After Hours Up Close & Personal Tours of the Deep Sea exhibition and the Wildlife Garden are proving popular. Caroline Ware, our Wildlife Garden manager tells me that she is looking forward already to the August tours, when there might be some bats in in the garden as the later tour, 20.00, will be around sunset. And do drop in on Adrian Rundle’s fascinating Fossil workshop in the Central Hall – we had some very enthusiastic comments from participants at the June After Hours.

 

Watch this space next week for some news about an exciting new After Hours event on the last Friday in September, After Hours: Science Uncovered.

 

This takes place on the night of 24 September, when all across Europe, millions of people will be attending an amazing science festival night. It's an annual EU event, and we are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to take part this year. Make a date in your diary now.

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Enjoy some of the latest photos from our first-ever Summer After Hours last month.

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Relaxing out on the new Darwin Centre Courtyard amphitheatre-style terrace as the sun set on our first Summer After Hours in June

Highlights of the evening for visitors were the Darwin Centre Courtyard terrace - the tables looked great with small hurricane lamps on them - and the Victorian-style Hendricks bar out on the terrace offering some fab summer cocktails.

 

Adrian Rundle's microsossil workshop in Central Hall was also popular, and those who went on the Up Close and Personal guided tour of The Deep Sea exhibition and the Wildlife Garden really enjoyed themselves.

 

James Maclaine, our affable fish curator, who led The Deep Sea tour, got some nice comments from those on the tour, like “I really enjoyed the tour and found the part about what happens to a whale when it dies very interesting!” Catching a magical glimpse of one of our normally shy resident fox cubs, who popped up  from the undergrowth to take a look at the unexpected evening visitors, was a special treat for those on the Wildlife Garden tour.

 

We have another treat lined up for you at the After Hours event on 30 July - Round the World Ping. This is part of Ping London, a month-long festival of table tennis-related events. So if you fancy a little sporting activity on your Friday night, why not make a date in your diary? Bats and balls are provided! Watch this space for more news.

Click on the photos in the gallery to enlarge them

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Outside tables and chairs to enjoy a drink and the picnic-style meu from the Darwin Centre bar, by lamp light

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At the start of the After Hours Up Close and Personal tour, visitors gather round ready to plunge into The Deep Sea exhibition. After Hours guided tours of the exhibition are led by the Museum's Fish Curator, James Maclaine

 

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After Hours visitors on their guided tour of The Deep Sea exhibition stop at the whale fall display - the centrepiece of the exhibition

 

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The quirky Hendrick's Kiosk of Curious Concoctions bar out on the Courtyard terrace proved a huge hit with its cool summer cocktails. Bellinis, gin fizz, Hendrick's Buck and beer...

 

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Jazz guitar in the Darwin Centre's atrium was performed by Michael Winawer and John Barwood from the Royal College of Music

 

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Up Close and Personal Tour: Caroline Ware, the Wildlife Garden Manager, showing visitors around our lovely wildlife garden at dusk, where they caught a magical glimpse of one of our normally shy resident fox cubs who popped up to take a look at the visitors and baby moorhens on the pond

 

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Adrian Rundle's fun microfossil workshop in the Museum's Central Hall attracted a lot of interest. Fact: Bill Wyman took part in this workshop when we put it on at the recent VIP launch of The Deep Sea exhibition

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Superbly timed to coincide with the World Cup and Wimbledon, but don’t let that put you off coming, our first ever summer After Hours is happening on Friday 25 June.

 

Fortunately the sun is shining in the sky, in the immortal words of the Electric Light Orchestra, so brilliantly rendered by Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer on his banjolele at Exhibition Road Music Day on Sunday. At least the sun was shining when I started writing this blog.

 

So come along for a unique urban picnic experience at the Museum and also get acquainted with our summer blockbuster exhibition The Deep Sea, pictured below. We will be open until 21.30 on Friday.

 

We'll have an interesting Victorian-style bar out on the Darwin Centre Courtyard terrace, shown left, where you can have a bellini, beer or gin fizz and reminisce about how Kitchener knew your father. We have live jazz, picnic rugs for hire, and a suitably summery food menu for you to try out.

 

The Darwin Centre will be open if you want to visit the Cocoon and you can also take part in the Up Close & Personal expert guided tours of The Deep Sea exhibition and the Wildlife Garden.hanging-whale.jpg

 

During the evening, we will have a free microfossil workshop in the Central Hall.

 

Bill Wyman took part in this workshop when we put it on at the recent VIP launch of The Deep Sea – much to my astonishment! The workshop is great fun, so do take a look at it.


There are more After Hours to come on 30 July and 27 August.


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jonathan-renouf-160.jpgThis Friday’s After Hours (29 January) sees the second of our very exciting Meet the BBC Series Producer events in the Attenborough Studio. This time, Jonathan Renouf (left), series producer of BBC Two’s momentous How the Earth Made Us will be showing clips and images from the series. It is a real thrill for us to be running these fascinating events.

 

Back at November’s After Hours, Martha Holmes, the wonderful producer of the BBC’s Life series had to come across country to give her talk and only just made it in the nick of time due to transport problems, so we are relieved that Jonathan is coming from North London.


We will be putting a bar just outside the Attenborough Studio as usual on Friday night where you can relax over a drink before or after the event, or after you've visited the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

 

Jan Beccaloni, our excellent and very amusing curator of arachnids, will be doing a stint in the specimen preparation area in Cocoon. She tells me she will be working on spiders that are destined for the Angela Marmont Centre - our showcase for UK biodiversity which opens later this year. Jan is thinking about bringing along some other specimens from our collections as well, including examples of the world's biggest spider! Hopefully no one will faint. Including me. Come along and have a chat with Jan - she will be very pleased to see you.

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Tickets for this Friday's late opening of our Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the Waterhouse Gallery have nearly sold out, so you'll have to be really quick if you'd like to see the exhibition at this After Hours. Look out for this beautiful leopard image if you go.

 

We are starting planning now for our new summer After Hours. This will be a chance for you to catch up with our fascinating new exhibition The Deep after hours and enjoy a summer cocktail or two and our new summer menu out in the Darwin Centre gardens, so make a date in your diary for the first event, which is on 25 June. If the weather holds it will be fantastic.

 

If it rains it will be slightly less fantastic but we have contingency plans!

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Central Hall, the place to meet at After Hours, where you can enjoy music, tapas and cocktails

 

The first After Hours event this year took place on Friday 30 October. For the uninitiated, After Hours is our season of Museum lates when we open the doors until 22.30 every last Friday of the month, except for December. This year it goes on until 26 March 2010. Have a look at the After Hours web pages to find out what's on offer.

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A glass of champagne in the Red Bar

 

This year is the 5th season of late night openings of the Museum. As well as giving you a great Friday night out at our extremely popular Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition,this year we also have a bar open in our new Darwin Centre and some special events planned there in the Attenborough Studio.

 

I'm the After Hours project manager and over the season I hope to bring you regular updates. In this blog I will be giving you a behind-the-scenes look at our winter lates and news on our planned summer late openings.

 

We started After Hours in the winter of 2005. Our intention was to give people who couldn't come to the Museum in the day or at weekends the chance to come and see our Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the evening. Back in 2005 I was thrilled when our Head of Business asked me to set up the After Hours project. My enthusiasm, however, might have been tempered had I realised just what I was taking on!

 

Only 150 people turned up at the first After Hours event, much to our horror. But things have progressed nicely over the years and we almost always sell out. It is a great project to be working on and I have a fantastic project team behind me.

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Relaxing in the Central Hall Blue Bar

 

This year, the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has a great new home in our Waterhouse Gallery. As well as the Red Bar in Fossil Way near the exhibition gallery and the Central Hall Blue Bar which serves tapas-style food with drinks, there's a new bar in the Darwin Centre which we hope you'll stop by at - before or after you experience Cocoon.

 

Our shop will also be open, where you're sure to find some unique Christmas presents.



Laura Harmour

Laura Harmour

Member since: Nov 18, 2009

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