Bring Your Own Baby: Nature Talks

A mother and baby monkey
Image credit: Thai National Parks, CC BY-SA 2.0

Baby-friendly grown-up talks

For parents looking to learn about the natural world.

11 May, 22 June and 20 July

Tickets: £15, Members: £13.50

Tickets include one adult and one baby. Tickets for each talk are sold separately.

Learn about the natural world and take a break from baby talk with Museum experts and scientists.

Join us for this new series of baby-friendly nature talks, created for inquisitive grown-ups looking for something to do with tiny ones in tow. 

With topics ranging from plastic pollution in the Thames, to reproduction in sharks, you're sure to find something that appeals.

The content of the talks is designed for an adult audience, enabling you to learn about the natural world, in a space that allows you to tend to your baby. If your little one starts to cry, needs to feed or wants to play - no problem, we know how unpredictable they can be. 

Everyone is free to move around as much as they need during the event and please feel free to bring along anything that your baby may need.

Please note that babies must be under the age of one.

Event dates

  • 11 May 2022  10.30-11.30, 14.00-15.00
  • 22 June 2022  10.30-11.30, 14.00-15.00
  • 20 July 2022  10.30-11.30, 14.00-15.00

Discount Member tickets

Members can purchase discount tickets for this event. Please bring your membership card with you to the event. Not a Member? Join today.

11 May: Becoming Bipedal

Humans are the last surviving species of a group of primates that use an unusual form of movement called bipedalism (upright walking). Of around 6,000 living mammals today, humans are the only habitual striding biped.

In this talk Dr Karen Swan will take you on a journey through time from about seven million years ago to examine the anatomical clues for bipedality in the fossil record, explore why our ancestors first started to walk upright and how humans achieve this during early life.

Talk 1: 10.30-11.30, Talk 2: 14.00-15.00

20 July: Science on the high seas

Ocean exploration can teaches us about the biodiversity of underwater habitats and what scientists and governments can do to help make fisheries sustainable. Jon Ablett and fellow scientists James Maclaine and Kirsty Lloyd were involved in a 2019 expedition to help study the marine biodiversity of two UK overseas territories; Tristan da Cunha and St. Helena.

See some of the amazing creatures they collected, find out about how they have adapted to their environments and discover how the findings of the expedition helped contribute to the construction of a new Marine Protected Area.

Talk 1: 10.30-11.30, Talk 2: 14.00-15.00

22 June: Natural History and the European Renaissance

Plants and animals were viewed very differently before the period in history popularly known as the Renaissance. By the late 1630s the highly influential Rene Descartes was putting forward the notion that animals and plants were akin to machines and that the only supernatural thing in the Universe was the human soul.

How and why did this change in view come about? Museum botany curator John Hunnex looks for evidence of changes that can be seen in paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, Sofonisba Anguissola and Joris Hoefnagel as well as in some of the Museum's rarest collections.

Talk 1: 10.30-11.30, Talk 2: 14.00-15.00

  • Important information

    Member information

    Please remember to bring your membership card to present alongside your Member's ticket.

    Conditions and important information

    This event is for parents and guardians with children under one.

    Bookings are required. Tickets include one adult and one baby. Tickets for each talk are sold separately.

    No refunds or exchanges will be given.

    A free ticket for a carer accompanying a guest with a disability can be requested on +44 (0)20 7942 5000, Monday to Friday, 9.30-17.30, subject to availability.

    Visitors must bring an electronic or printed copy of their ticket.

    This event is wheelchair accessible.

    There will be a cloakroom in operation – prices depend on the item. Please see the cloakroom section of our webpage for more information. 

    The Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the event as required, such as adjusting the locations, timings or content of the activities. This is to ensure that we deliver a safe and excellent experience for all guests at all times.

    Ticket prices are subject to change.

    The event will begin promptly. We cannot allow you to join the event after it has commenced and no refunds will be given to latecomers.

    Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event and these images may be used for Museum marketing purposes. If you have any concerns about being photographed, please speak to a member of staff at the event.

    A £5 administration will be charged for each changed ticket.

    There will be space for your buggy, there is a lift that takes you from the ground floor to the Flett theatre where the event will take place and buggies can safely be left in the Flett theatre foyer.

    We're here to help however we can. If you have any questions about the event then please contact us in advance at after-hours@nhm.ac.uk.

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