Whale Weekender Public Engagement Event
The Grant Museum of Zoology set itself the challenge of re-building its largest specimen, a northern bottle-nosed whale skeleton, and they asked the public to join in and help clean 157 years’ worth off dust off their whale skeleton and reassemble it during a two-day event at UCL in July 2017.
Over the Whale Weekender visitors helped the Grant Museum team, along with volunteers including DTP student, Ellen Coombs, to lay the skeleton out, work out how much of the skeleton survives and give it a good clean to help preserve the bones for the future. There was also be a special family art activity where families created an ocean creature to add to an underwater tableau which will developed over the weekend.
Prior to the event, Ellen also took over the Grant Museum Twitter account for one day to share some fascinating facts and articles about whale biology, behaviour and evolution.
Due to its size (over eight meters long), different parts of the skeleton had been stored in several locations across the Museum and its storerooms, and prior to the event the skull was the only part of the skeleton on public display. The Whale Weekender allowed the Museum to bring all the parts of the skeleton together for the first time in decades.
For more information visit the Grant Museum website.