National Science Weeks

2006: From Steamy Swamp to Hot House Planet

Journey back 350 million years to the hot, humid, Carboniferous – time of giant insects and huge amphibians. Explore where coal comes from and where it is taking our planet.

2005: Biology in Five Dimensions

From egg to adult, from ancestor to descendent – with live displays of microscope, creatures, games, trails and activities we explored how animals are moulded jointly by the processes of development acting over days, and evolution, acting over millions of years.

2004: Insect Inspectors

With representatives from the insect world, we found out about insect reactions and reflex actions. We learnt how different insects react to stimuli such as light, heat and predators.

2003: Our Fabulous Feathered Friends

Host to the ‘Extremes of Life’ displays, which included a honey bee observation hive, a demonstration of animals existing without water and our own activities, illustrating the extremes to which birds have gone in their conquest of the Earth.

2002: Animals in their Element

The Museum of Zoology hosted a myriad of amazing creatures from all over the world. These animals have successfully evolved for life in every corner of the world – deserts, jungles, frozen wastes and fertile plains – using some fantastic and unbelievable mechanisms.

We investigated how these creatures have adapted to life in the four elements of Water, Fire, Air and Earth. Information was available on plankton which flies as high as jumbo jets, worms that survive fire vents in the deepest oceans, spiders that have learned to dive, and fish that walk over land from pool to pool.

There were also drop in activities including museum trails, quizzes and hands-on investigations, plus instructions were available on how to make your own wormery.

2001: Codes and puzzles

Host to the Creature Feature. ‘The Knee Bone’s connected to the Thigh Bone’, a 3-d animal skeletal puzzle, and ‘The Palaeozoic Puzzle’, which recreated the weird and wonderful animals that inhabited a lake in Scotland over 335 million years ago. A display was also put together highlighting research on early tetrapod evolution of Acanthostega and Icthyostega, which are part of the evolutionary move between life in the water and life on land.

2000: Brine Shrimp World

A workshop producing lots of hands-on fun with Brine shrimps, swooping flamingos and Stephen Tomkins of Homerton College!

1999: Slicing up the Ice Ages

A display in the lower gallery describing the Quaternary slice of the Geological time scale.

1998: Pareiasaurs turn turtle?

A tetrapod specimen, new to the gallery in 1998, whose closest evolutionary ancestors may be turtles, though the debate continues.

1997: The Finback Whale skeleton unveiled

The Finback Whale

Our beautiful Finback Whale was opened to public viewing. He is suspended above the entrance to the museum, visible from the arch in Downing Street, so look for the 70 foot long whale and you’ll find us too.

Last updated: 18 April 2009