Meet the Scientist Talk & Spirit Collection Tour

Event information

Event type: meet the scientist, tour

Location: Attenborough Studio / Zoology Spirit Building

Suitable for: Post-16 (ages 16-18), key stage 4 (ages 14-16)

Capacity: 60 people, excluding teachers

Duration: 45 minutes (talk) / 30 minutes (tour)

Ticket prices:

£3 per student (talk), £3 per student (tour)
Booking required

A facilitated meet the scientist session combined with a behind the scenes tour led by one of our experienced Science Educators.

Students will discover the wide range of careers that studying science can lead to, whilst learning about specimen collection, taxonomy and the natural world.

You can book either element, but they are best together.

  • A behind the scenes tour of the spirit collection (animals preserved in spirit) and its 22 million specimens featuring such highlights as Archie the giant squid and Darwin's pet octopus.
  • A facilitated group discussion with a Museum scientist who will discuss their cutting-edge research using modern scientific techniques, then open the floor to questions to develop students’ scientific knowledge, ignite their curiosity about the natural world and give them an insight into working scientifically, and appreciate the relevance of science to their everyday lives.
  • Free time to explore the Museum, including the Darwin Centre's Cocoon, which shows how our scientists use the collections to help understand the natural world and protect biodiversity.

Curriculum links:  KS4 Biology - the development of scientific thinking; ecosystems; evolution, inheritance and variation

Session times and duration

The Spirit Collection Tours run between 10.30 and 13.00 and last for 30 minutes. When you book, the team will arrange a time for your tour and reserve a spot for lunch in the picnic area. Each tour takes a maximum of 10 students, so larger school groups will be split into different time slots. KS4 groups require a supervising teacher in each tour.

The discussion with our scientist starts at 13.30 and runs for 45 minutes. 

Students can explore the rest of the Museum during the free time between these sessions.

Event dates
7 November 2019 All Day
14 November 2019 All Day
21 November 2019 All Day
28 November 2019 All Day
5 December 2019 All Day
12 December 2019 All Day
17 January 2020 All Day
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How to book

To check availability for a school workshop at our Museum in South Kensington, or to enquire about a group visit during the week, please use the booking enquiry form.

If you have any specific requests, please call our School Bookings Team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Please read the pre-booking checklist (PDF 69kB) before you phone.

Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00.

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions before booking.

Essential information

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