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A History of Life in 100 Fossils
A History of Life in 100 Fossils

Which fossils tell us the most about evolution? Join us as we choose highlights from 3.8 billion years of life on Earth

11 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00
22 March 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

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A Sting in the Tail
A Sting in the Tail

Animals can have a dangerous streak. Today we'll find out about the more venomous species in our collections.

14 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Animal Vision for families
Animal Vision for families

A fun show investigating a world only visible to certain animals.

14 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00
16 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
18 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
20 February 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 13:00, 13:30 - 14:00
14 March 2015 10:30 - 11:00, 11:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 14:00
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  • Families Families (7+)
Beached Whales in Tragic Tales
Beached Whales in Tragic Tales

Delve deeper into the fascinating world of whale strandings from the shoreline to the scalpel edge.

24 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00

  • Adults Adults
Behind the Lens: Young Wildlife Photographers
Behind the Lens: Young Wildlife Photographers

Meet a young photographer from our prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

22 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Botany Begs Questions
Botany Begs Questions

Discover the oldest specimens in our botany collection and the amazing stories of the naturalists that collected them.

12 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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Crocodiles Rock
Crocodiles Rock

Discover the incredible history of the dinosaurs' cousins.

31 January 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
David Attenborough: Life on Camera
David Attenborough: Life on Camera

Find out about Britain's foremost naturalist and broadcaster featuring some of the best loved clips from his TV series.

31 January 2015 16:50 - 17:05
1 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05
2 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05
3 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05
4 February 2015 16:50 - 17:05

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Jurassic Mammals
Jurassic Mammals

Discover some of the earliest mammals that survived in the shadow of the dinosaurs.

18 March 2015 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda
Leaf Beetles: Pests, Poisons and Propaganda

Meet a Museum curator and learn to love the leaf beetles, from jumping flea beetles to colourful tortoise beetles.

13 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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Microbes Make Medicine
Microbes Make Medicine

Meet a scientist who modifies microbes to improve drug production of the future.

5 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
Nature News Review
Nature News Review

Join a panel of Museum scientists to dig deeper into their favourite natural history news stories, from hobbits to bluebells.

26 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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Nature Through the Lens
Nature Through the Lens

This fascinating 15-minute documentary marks key breathroughs in wildlife film-making over the past 100 years.

31 January 2015 16:30 - 16:45
1 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45
2 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45
3 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45
4 February 2015 16:30 - 16:45

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Plants in the Twilight
Plants in the Twilight

Join us as we find out about the plants that thrive in cave systems in southeast Asia.

1 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
6 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Point of Impact
Point of Impact

Meet a scientist who studies craters made from meteorite impacts and handle some real meteorites from our collections.

16 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Putting Skin on the Stegosaur
Putting Skin on the Stegosaur

Discover how palaeoartists recreate what dinosaurs might have looked like in life

28 February 2015 12:30, 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
Seven Deadly Colours
Seven Deadly Colours

Have you ever wondered where nature's dazzling colours come from? We discover the secrets behind nature's colour factories.

3 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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Solenodon: The Last Survivors
Solenodon: The Last Survivors

Meet two scientists and hear about their work with these mysterious mammals.

8 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
Specimen Preparation Area in action
Specimen Preparation Area in action

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

5 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
12 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
19 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
26 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
5 March 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

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Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Honduras Cloud Forest Invertebrates

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

4 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30
6 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30
10 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30
11 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30
13 February 2015 11:00 - 13:30, 14:00 - 16:30

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Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Soil Biodiversity
Specimen Preparation Area in Action: Soil Biodiversity

See our scientists and volunteers in action in the Specimen Preparation Area (SPA) of the Darwin Centre Cocoon.

14 February 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
28 March 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
25 April 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
9 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00
30 May 2015 11:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

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Spirit Collection Tours
Spirit Collection Tours

See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

31 January 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45
1 February 2015 11:45 - 12:15, 13:15 - 13:45, 15:15 - 15:45, 16:15 - 16:45
2 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10
3 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10
4 February 2015 10:40 - 11:10, 11:40 - 12:10, 12:40 - 13:10

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Spirit Collection Tours - Extended
Spirit Collection Tours - Extended

See hidden treasures such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Free tickets at information desks.

2 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20
3 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20
4 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20
5 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20
6 February 2015 13:30 - 14:20

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Stegosaur Mysteries
Stegosaur Mysteries

Meet a Museum palaeontologist who studies stegosaur skeletons.

7 February 2015 12:30, 14:30
4 March 2015 14:30

  • Families Families (7+)
The Birth of a Planet
The Birth of a Planet

Travel back billions of years to the beginning of our solar system.

19 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (12+)
The Inside Story
The Inside Story

Discover more about the Museum's CT scanner, and the incredible stories behind the specimens that have gone inside.

10 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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The Stegosaur's Garden
The Stegosaur's Garden

Discover what the fossil record of plants can tell us about the Jurassic world

25 February 2015 14:30
11 March 2015 14:30
25 March 2015 14:30

  • Adults Adults
Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur
Tyrannosaurus rex versus the Duck-Billed Dinosaur

Can a palaeontologist convince you that the little known Lambeosaurus more interesting than the fearsome T. rex?

15 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00
18 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Virtual Palaeontology
Virtual Palaeontology

Find out how fossils can be turned into 3-D images using the latest technology.

27 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

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Walking Like Dinosaurs
Walking Like Dinosaurs

Discover how much palaeontologists can tell by studying dinosaur footprints.

4 February 2015 14:30 - 15:00

  • Adults Adults
What's that Fossil?
What's that Fossil?

Join a Museum scientist to discover more about the weird and wonderful fossils that get brought in for identification.

20 February 2015 12:30 - 13:00, 14:30 - 15:00

  • Families Families (7+)
Who do you think you really are? Interactive film
Who do you think you really are? Interactive film

Augmented reality brings extinct creatures to life in the studio in our interactive film about evolution.

31 January 2015 15:30 - 16:20
1 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20
2 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20
3 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20
4 February 2015 15:30 - 16:20

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Wildscapes
Wildscapes

Experience what it's like to be an animal on the African Plain, in the ocean, and at the Arctic and Antarctic Poles.

31 January 2015 17:10 - 17:25
1 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25
2 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25
3 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25
4 February 2015 17:10 - 17:25

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