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Museum Lates or, a Proof Communication guide to dancing. 15.04.16

Normally in our weekly blogs we’ll dissect the latest goings on in the science and technology world, or impart a pearl or two of wisdom about how best to communicate with the wider world.

However, this week is slightly different.

Last Friday the team descended on the Natural History Museum to have a little after school fun. This is an account of that night, thanks to our in-house breaking news reporter Bryony Chinnery, taking a break from her day job of managing the most high profile cyber security events in the UK. After all, we all need some down time.

It’s fantastic to see one of our great scientific institutions opening up its doors and experimenting with ways to engage a crowd that otherwise might not visit; something many are also trying with the Science Museum, London Zoo, the V&A and the London Aquarium all running ‘late-night’ series. Som, how did they do?

The selfies began as soon as we entered the building, with Mike, Alex and Bryony giving their best blue steels.

NMH1

Our inner fashion designers were then given a run-out, with the team pouring their heart and soul into trendy, inventive and downright odd t shirt designs.

NHM2

Fareha Lasker was particularly proud of this gold-standard pun.

NHM fareha

Clad in our finery, we toured the dinosaurs in the pitch black, with only torches to guide us. T Rex’s loomed, raptors pounced and triceratops lumbered.

We even got to try on some pretty good looking headgear, too.

Niall

Appropriately attired, and with a little tipple to grease the joints, we made our way to the headline event – the silent disco.

Having only been at Proof a little over six months, I’m still surprised by the high quality of dancing that took place beneath Dippy the dino. Light of foot and lithe of hip, the Natural History Museum saw a feast of moves that wouldn’t look amiss in the first round of Strictly Come Dancing.

All in all, this shows there are two loves amongst the Proof team. The first is great, fascinating, adventurous scientific institutions, looking to engage with an eager public and open their eyes to the wonders of science. We give it a hearty two thumbs, and would try to give it more but as natural history clearly outlines, we only need two hands. The second is pop music. Unadulterated, cheesy, brilliant pop music.