This week saw the launch of our spectacular new Darwin Centre, with Prince William and Sir David Attenborough. Like no other museum so far, the landmark building with its impressive cocoon structure brings our science, scientists and specimens live and direct to the public.
Not quite as exciting, but hopefully sure to be just as interesting, is the launch of this new Natural History Museum Nature News Blog. I'm hoping to bring news and updates about the work of the Museum's scientists and other nature news - the shorter bits that can or can't be made into full news articles in the website's News section.
I thought I'd begin with some of the science happening in the new Darwin Centre, but there is so much there that I will have to focus on topics, bit by bit, over the next few blogs.
But, the biggest news from the Museum this week is definitely the glittering Darwin Centre grand opening celebrations, with its butterfly confetti, mid-air dancing human butterfly, tarantula close encounter with a royal prince and natural history royalty himself, Sir David Attenborough, all which can be seen in the collection of videos we have on our site.
I leave you with a snippet of Prince William's speech:
'The Natural History Museum is one of our great institutions. Its collections, and what it achieves in the areas of research and education make it - quite simply - the envy of the world. This magnificent new wing will further enhance the museum’s peerless reputation.’
Come back soon for more nature news.