ON FRIDAY I went to the Natural History Museum. I headed for the Darwin Centre. Since 1881, scientists at the
Natural History Museum have been exploring and studying the natural world, using incredible specimens that have been collected over the last 400 years.
There are beautiful plants and insect collections and in the Darwin Centre we can now look at them. We can also learn about the collectors and naturalists. I love the virtual herbarium sheets. You can turn the pages and look at faded but important plants that have been dried and collated.
I particularly enjoyed the dried flowers and herbs trapped between large pieces of perspex.
The Cocoon is usually very quiet. There were only a few arts students sketching from the specimens.
I then went into view the spirit collection. Lots and lots of jars filled with corals, fish, shells, insects and animals and plants.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/daytime-events/talks-and -tours/spirit-collection-tours/index.html. Well worth a visit and as you can see from the link, you can have a tour of the hidden archives.