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The NaturePlus Forums will be offline from mid August 2018. The content has been saved and it will always be possible to see and refer to archived posts, but not to post new items. This decision has been made in light of technical problems with the forum, which cannot be fixed or upgraded.

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Friday 22nd April - Monday 25th April   (we re-open Tuesday 26th at 10.00)


Friday 29th April - Monday 2nd May     (we re-open Tuesday 3rd at 10.00)


Monday 30th May     (we re-open Tuesday 31st at 10.00)



We wish all our visitors an enjoyable holiday.



Detail of an interior terracotta panel from the Natural History Museum. Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) designed the Museum in the 1860's and it first opened its doors on Easter Monday 1881.

Image number: 029976

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