If not, then tomorrow night (Tues 24th May) is as good an opportunity as any as they are hosting one of their more “light hearted” lectures which will unveil what it is like for a conservationist to go trekking through jungles and swamps looking for an animal that is on the verge of extinction.

I suspect that if like me you found the 10-minute “how we did it” documentaries after the recent David Attenborough shows to be sometimes more interesting than the show itself, then the talk will probably appeal.

The talk is timed to just miss the International Day of Biodiversity, and is held in the lecture auditorium before decamping across the road to the Grant Museum itself for a glass of wine and wander around the place.


The museum was squashed into a tiny room above the lecture theatre, but moved to its new home earlier this year, and I am pleased to say it retained its atmosphere of lots of glass fronted cupboards with small paper signs to say what everything is – and a modest nod to modernity with some iPads scattered around.

Best of all, it retained its sense of humour, from the three skeletons looking down from a walkway to the three turtles replicating the domestic ducks that graced so many 1970s homes.


The lecture panel for tomorrow night includes extinction expert Sam Turvey (Zoological Society of London), Helen Thirlway (Director at International Primate Protection League (UK)), gibbonologist Helen Chatterjee (UCL Genetics, Evolution and the Environment), and conservation ecologist Jessica Bryant (UCL Genetics, Evolution and the Environment and Zoological Society of London).

Admission Free – starts at 6:30pm in the Darwin Lecture Theatre, Malet Place (map link)

I just realised that I never uploaded my photos from the launch evening after the move to the new building – they can now be found here.

Plastic dinosaurs

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