Women in Science Tour: Palaeontology

Museum palaeontologist Susie Maidment working on excavating a fossil

Event information

Discover the fascinating work of women palaeontologists past and present.

Various dates and times

Tour starts from Guy the gorilla outside the Treasures Gallery, on the balcony of Hintze Hall.

Free, walk-ups accepted subject to capacity.

Discover the fascinating work of female palaeontologists whose research has contributed to our understanding of fossils and ancient life.

Take a free guided tour of our first-floor Hintze Hall balconies and the Minerals Gallery to hear the gripping stories of female scientists whose contributions have changed our understanding of life on Earth.

Encounter numerous treasures, including first-discovered species, as you learn about the research of female palaeontologists past and present, including some who've worked at the Museum. Join us and discover more about our displays and the cutting-edge science and fossil research we're doing.

Event dates and times

16 April                         14.15–15.00

20 April                         14.15–15.00

07 May                         14.15–15.00

18 May                         12.15–13.00

28 May                         14.15–15.00

15 June                        14.15–15.00

25 June                        14.15–15.00

  • Important information

    • The tour is suitable for adults and children aged 11 and over - the content and length are not suitable for young children. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • We may need to cancel or rearrange tours at short notice due to volunteer availability. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
    • Please arrive at the meeting point next to Guy the gorilla a few minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. Guy is located outside the Treasures Gallery on the first floor of Hintze Hall on the right hand side as you face the statue of Charles Darwin on the main steps.
    • There are 12 spaces, these are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
    • If you arrive late you are welcome to join us on the tour. Our friendly Learning Volunteers with purple polo shirts should be able to direct you.

Read some stories from the tour

Learn about female scientists past and present, their passions, their inspiration and how they got into science. Each tour is slightly different, but here are some of the women you might hear about.

Getting to the meeting point

To get to the meeting point by Guy the gorilla enter Hintze Hall on the ground floor then go up the main staircase. Turn right at the statue of Darwin and continue up the stairs. When you reach the top Guy the gorilla will be in front of you.

If using the lift, take the lift from the ground floor of Hintze Hall to the first floor of Hintze Hall. As you exit the lift head straight out onto the balcony then turn right and walk to the end of the balcony, the meeting point will be straight ahead.