Listen to Clare describe the exotic animals she saw during her childhood in Burma.More about Clare Valentine
A school-trip to the Museum, a family holiday camping in the countryside or a desire to draw and observe animals. For many of our scientists, their interest in natural history was first ignited at an early age. From digging for fossils in gardens to collecting butterflies on the way to Sunday school, each have their own personal memories of what first engaged them in scientific study.
None could have imagined that these were simply the first steps to a future career at the Natural History Museum. Listen to them recall their fascination with the natural world and how it came to shape their education and careers.
Listen to Andy talk about collecting fossils in his back garden.
Hear how Angela's passion for nature occupied her childhood.
Hear how Brian and his brother used to collect rocks on camping holidays in Pembrokeshire.
Listen to Chris talk about his childhood interest in natural and ancient history.
Listen to Clare describe the exotic animals she saw during her childhood in Burma.
Hear how Dick became interested in natural history.
Listen to Dick share his childhood experiences of the Museum.
Hear how John used to collect butterflies after Sunday school.
Hear Judith explain why she wanted to be a life scientist.
Hear Miranda's memories of the awe-inspiring Waterhouse building.
Listen to Neil remember his visits to the Museum.
Listen to Ollie recall the sights and smells of a childhood visit to the Museum.
Discover the gruesome reason why Patrick decided against studying medicine.
Hear Patrick's memories of visiting the Museum.
Listen as Richard explains his interest in collecting specimens.
Hear how fishing trips sparked Richard's interest in natual history.
Hear about Richard's childhood collections of insects and reptiles.
Listen to Richard describe his first school trip to the Museum.
Hear how Richard learnt about animal anatomy.
Hear how Robert fostered his early interest in ornithology.
Find out about the event that inspired Sara to become a scientist.