Sunday, 28 November 2010

Natural History Museum: Behind the scenes

Australia's ABC TV is airing 'Museum of Life' on Tuesday, November 30 - a fascinating six-part program that steps behind the scenes at one of the world's most famous institutions: the Museum of Natural History in the UK.

What happens behind the scenes at the Museum? Why is it important to preserve the
70 million specimens in the collections and how relevant is the research of museum scientists to today’s challenges, like biodiversity loss and the spread of tropical diseases? The BBC documentary Museum of Life will answer these questions and many more.

The opening episode looks at some of the millions of specimens in the Museum's collections. They come in all shapes and sizes, and from many different countries, but how important are they today? Who has access to them, and what does the future hold for this impressive data source?

Museum of Life airs at 8.30pm on ABC TV, Tuesday, November 30.

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