Category Archives: Museum of Natural History

I’d like to thank…

I was at the Museums + Heritage Awards show in swanky Northumberland Avenue in London last night as the Goes to Town project I worked on at the Museum of Natural History was shortlisted for an award in the marketing campaign category.

Happily, we won, and against tough competition – places with more people and bigger budgets (at least, I think they have bigger budgets and more people).

So as well as everyone at the Museum, I’d particularly like to thank Simon Meek at Okayso and Charlie Piggins at Mode of Thought, who worked on the branding and designs for the displays, mobile website and also on the promotional videos. Here’s one:

I also got to wear a Goes to Town labcoat on stage and  make a silly speech about a rabbit, hedgehog and flamingo. And look beardy and bespectacled with Marcus Brigstocke.

Museum of the Year Finalist

So, it’s well over a year since I published anything here. You know, very busy, no time to write, blah blah.

But just to prove that I have been doing something and not just being lazy, here’s a film that I scripted (and, in a moment of uncontrolled megalomania, presented) for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015 which the Museum of Natural History has been shortlisted for. Thanks to Northern Town for producing the film.

It’s been a busy year and an even busier few weeks preparing for the announcement of this, and working for the Museum of the History of Science too: its new exhibition, Dear Harry…, opens on 14 May. Meanwhile, at the Museum of Natural History we are about to open a new contemporary science temporary exhibition, Biosense, and two new permanent touchable displays all about evolution. Rachel mentions this Sensing Evolution project in the video above.

There have been plenty of other things that I’ve been involved in over the past year that I should really have blogged about here. I’ll try and record more of that, but no promises.

What I might write about soon though was my chance to take Magnum photographer Martin Parr around the Museum of Natural History, as part of the Art Fund promotions. I got to watch him work and photograph the process myself at the same time. A treat indeed.


Shadowy work

I worked with Simon Meek at Okayso to create this video to promote the reopening of the Museum of Natural History. Well, he did most of the work on this; I just waved my arms around at a safe distance (oh, actually I did the music too, which was probably more helpful).

The film below came first actually and, as you can see, I was directly involved in this, as well as in the writing and storyboarding. This was all related to the Goes to Town project too; more on that to follow.

Reopening the Museum of Natural History


One of the things I’ve been nestled away and working on in recent months is a whole batch of stuff related to the reopening of the Museum of Natural History after a fourteen-month closure. The Museum has been closed for essential roof repairs to its glass-tiled roof and we have been chronicling that work – and various other related happenings – on a special closure blog called Darkened not dormant.

In the photo above you can see how all the specimens were squashed up into one aisle while the roof work was carried out in the other areas. Everything is now almost back in its right place ready for reopening next Saturday, 15 February, from 7am to 5pm, or dawn till dusk as we’re poetically framing it.

During the last year I’ve been working on the new visual identity, internal signage, press and marketing, printed programme and floor plan, an audio app (to follow after reopening) and various other bits and bobs. Lots of stuff and lots of fun, so I hope it all looks good next Saturday.

A bit of housekeeping
When I was doing freelance journalism regularly this site provided a record of all my published articles. For the past two years or so, while I’ve been getting established in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Museum of the History of Science, the site has been neglected. But I hope now to retrospectively fill it with a few of the bigger projects I’ve worked on and then continue to add examples of work as they happen.

If you’re reading then great, thanks a lot! If not, it’s a record for me. Thanks me.