Naturally Curious

Attenborough - Natural Curiosities 2

This week we’ve been delighted to welcome Sir David Attenborough to the Museum as he filmed his new television series. He spent three days filming in the Museum’s library, entomology and zoology departments and used many of our specimens in the process. Here you can see him in the library with a cuckoo and eggs.

Attenborough - Natural CuriositiesSir David was working with Humble Bee Films to make a new series of Natural Curiosities for the Eden channel. This will be the second season of the documentary, which explores some of nature’s most extraordinary and baffling species. It is due to be screened later this year; see if you can spot our scenes!

Although TV programmes and films are regularly shot in the museum, it’s always very special when Attenborough’s in the building. Such an important and famous figure adds an extra excitement to the usual film crew fuss. Needless to say, I was rather giddy when I had the opportunity to snatch a quick chat between takes. When I explained to Sir David that I was writing for a blog about our year of closure, he joked that the Museum’s closure actually made it much easier to get the filming done efficiently! Glad we could be of service.

Another exciting moment was popping into the staff room for a cup of tea, only to find a world famous natural history presenter enjoying his lunch!

Attenborough lunch

Staff from the Museum and Humble Bee Films in our staff room… with David Attenborough!

Rachel Parle, Education Officer

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